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User: dharmesh Topic: Waste
Category: Waste Picker
Last updated: Nov 14 2018 21:04 IST RSS 2.0
 
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‘Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line’ is a classic coming-of-age novel of present day India 14.3.2020 Scroll.in
In Deepa Anappara’s wonderfully paced debut novel, a little boy goes ‘detectiving’ when children from his basti mysteriously start to disappear.
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A helping hand for the city’s waste collectors 9.3.2020 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
Not just providing the market avenue for the plastic waste they collect, Plastic For Change India Foundation has come forward to provide support to wa
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Sanitary pad disposal bags mandatory from January 2021: Prakash Javadekar 8.3.2020 Hindu: Fitness
The Centre would make it mandatory for sanitary pad manufacturers to provide bio-degradable bags for the disposal of each pad from January 2021, Union
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GHMC’s affidavits vague: HC 8.3.2020 Hindu: Rx
Observing that two consecutive affidavits filed by GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar were vague, Telangana High Court directed him to a file another with
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Ragpicker ventures out for work only to return injured; dies later 29.2.2020 Hindu: News
Victim survived an attack on Thursday, claims his son
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Delhi violence | 1 killed in fresh attack; toll touches 42 29.2.2020 Hindu: Delhi
S.N. Shrivastava to take over as Commissioner of Police.
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Delhi violence: 60-year-old scrap dealer dies after being attacked by mob in North East district 28.2.2020 Scroll.in
Ayub Shabbir was asked his name and religion and then assaulted by the mob on a day when police claimed the situation was fairly calm.
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Why Budget 2020 may not live up to its promise of eliminating manual scavenging from India 24.2.2020 Scroll.in
From 2015 to 2019, on average, one person died every five days while cleaning sewers manually.
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From manual scavenging to modern day slavery: the endless suffering of Budhu Gowala 24.2.2020 The Assam Tribune
From manual scavenging to modern day slavery: the endless suffering of Budhu Gowala
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India’s 10-year conservation plan finally highlights the need to protect threatened birds 12.2.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
The country had so far only focussed on safeguarding major species like the tiger or elephant.
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Despite statewide ban, Mumbai still has miles to go before it can be plastic-free 11.2.2020 Citizen Matters
In March 2018, Maharashtra imposed a blanket ban on the use of plastic in the state, particularly in Mumbai. Almost two years later, the city still finds itself grappling with plastic waste, largely due to patchy implementation by BMC and inadequate attention to processing of discarded plastic.
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Metro Water’s 10 big promises for Chennai citizens in 2020 27.1.2020 Citizen Matters, Chennai
Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board put forth ambitious goals of expansion of services and initiatives at the very start of the year; taking a look at the ten big goals of the department in 2020.
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Polluting and unviable: Five reasons Bengaluru’s Waste-to-Energy plants can fail 31.12.2019 Citizen Matters, Bengaluru
A resident of Electronic City where one of the Waste-to-Energy plants is slated to come up, analyses why BBMP's push for the plants is misguided
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Call for inclusive waste policy for Manipur 29.12.2019 The Assam Tribune
Call for inclusive waste policy for Manipur
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International discourse studies waste management 28.12.2019 Manipur: E-Pao
International discourse studies waste management
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Indian government has built 95 million toilets, but little has changed for manual scavengers 14.12.2019 Scroll.in
India is listed among nine nations where sanitation workers face the worst working conditions.
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Why many migrant waste-pickers stayed back in Srinagar despite fears and uncertainty 11.12.2019 Citizen Matters
Hospitable, caring and offering opportunities for a decent living -- that is how most of them see the city. Thus, despite the tension and reports of attacks on non-Kashmiris in the days following the abrogation of Article 370, they decided to stay put. And they have not regretted it.
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India needs to rethink Master Planning – and Delhi can lead the way 3.12.2019 Scroll.in - News that matters
The case for a livelihood-centred approach.
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Afghanistan woman breaks ground with Kabul recycling plant 25.11.2019 LA Times: Nation

Zuhal Atmar is the first woman in Afghanistan to run a recycling plant, driven by her wish to help the environment and fight climate change.

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The frequent deaths of India’s sewer workers isn’t a governance failure – they are rooted in caste 17.11.2019 Scroll.in
The philosophy of caste validates the casual subjection of sanitation workers to the hazardous, humiliating task of cleaning sewers and septic tanks.
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