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BVM to compete in Centre’s tech challenge 10.7.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 9 The Central Government’s “Technology Challenge”, contest which aims for innovative technology-driven solutions for cleaning of sewers and septic tanks has received a positive start. Students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar, through its Atal Tinkering Lab, have made a prototype of robotic machine that can be sent into sewers for cleaning and removing blockages. Termed “Smart Sewage Shooter”, the machine is water-proof and can be controlled entirely from outside. The machine is equipped with a cutter, cameras and lights. A variety of ‘changeable cutters’ with varying strength as well as diameter can be fitted. The cutter attached with a motor also churns sewage to clear the blockage. Moreover, the machine can release chemicals, including sodium formalin, chloroform to dilute sewage and clear blockage. Bhartiya Vidya Mandir principal Bandana Sethi said, “Students and teachers brainstormed to solve this major issue. In this technology driven world, humans ...
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Draw of lots to decide names of lucky sanitary workers 9.7.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Panchkula, July 8 The Panchkula Municipal Corporation (MC) will hold a draw of lots to decide names of lucky sanitary workers, who will go on a study tour of the top 10 cleanest cities in the country.  A decision in this regard was taken on Sunday, when the MC Commissioner-cum-Administrator, Rajesh Jogpal, held a meeting with officials of the sanitary wing. In the meeting, it was decided to hold open draw in presence of sanitary workers and finalise names accordingly for the study tour.  When contacted, Jogpal said the decision to hold draw of lots was taken to bring transparency in finalising names for the study tour. “We will give due representation to women sanitary workers too. As many as 100 MC safai karamcharis, including supervisors, will be sent to the top 10 cleanest cities in the country,” he added.   “In the first phase, they will cover top two cities Indore and Bhopal. Subsequently, they will hold meeting with the Chandigarh MC team, as the City Beautiful is ranked third ...
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In a first, sanitary staff to go on study tour 8.7.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Panchkula, July 7 You must have heard of politicians and bureaucrats going on study tours. But have you ever heard of safai karamcharis going on study tour? Probably not. For the first time in the history of the Panchkula Municipal Corporation (MC), safai karamcharis will go on study tour, which will cover top 10 cleanest cities in the country, to understand their sanitation management system. Giving details about the initiative, Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Jogpal, who is also Administrator said, “Sanitary workers are the main workforce in Swachh Survekshan. Therefore, we have decided to send them to top 10 cities of the Swachh Survekshan-2018.” “These sanitary workers will be sent in different groups, which will be headed either by Executive Officer or the MC engineer. They will try to understand how these cities secured good marks in the Swachh Survekshan,” he added. “Sanitary inspectors and supervisors will also accompany safai karamcharis. They will also arrange a meeting of ...
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Won't allow scrapping of quotas, dilution of SC/ST Act 'at any cost': BJP 4.7.2018 The Asian Age | Home
'PM Modi government has introduced schemes to address these problems which Congress ignored for decades,' Bizay Sonkar Shastri alleged.
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500 Mandi households yet to have sewerage network 2.7.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Mandi, July 1 As many as 500 households situated on the riverside in the district are yet to get the sewerage facility. The waste from these houses is flowing into the Suketi and Skodi rivers, which join the Beas river. The worst affected areas are the Tungal colony and the Bheuli area. Residents of these colonies are fearing the epidemic outbreak as the absence of the sewerage network had led to stink all around. Sources said although a sewerage tank was constructed in the area, it stopped functioning after some time. Residents were being forced to seek the services of manual scavengers. Jai Prakash, Mast Ram, Mohan Singh, Narayan Singh and Jeet Singh, all residents of the Tungal colony said they had written to the MC authorities and the Mandi Deputy Commissioner in this regard, but no avail. They said residents of the Bheuli area were using individual sewerage tank for toilets and bathroom, but it was a temporary solution. Sushil of the Bheuli area said they were facing the threat ...
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Sanitation workers against councillors’ interference 30.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Amritsar, June 29 Sanitation workers met Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu to lodge their protest over the interference of councillors in their work. Vinod Kumar Bitta, president of the Safai Karamchari Union, alleged that on the demand of councillors, the Mayor was going to give them powers to verify the functioning of the safai karamcharis’ (sanitation workers) and mark their attendances besides deploying them at any type of work. “We opposed such a practice. As per the Municipal Act, councillors’ can’t intervene or give directions to MC employees. They can contact sanitary inspectors for any work. Sanitary inspectors further assign the work to karamcharis,” he added. The councillors have been demanding dedicated safai karamcharis for their wards. The MC provides safai karamcharis at zone level, not for any individual ward. Sanitary inspectors give directions and distribute the task among the safai karamcharis on zone level. The Mayor assured them that no such system would be implemented ...
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‘Book officials failing to enforce manual scavenging law’ 26.6.2018 Hindu: Kerala
Spots identified for desilting manholes as part of pre-monsoon exercise
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Waste rots as dispute rages over Dhakoli dump site 25.6.2018 The Tribune
Satinder Pal Singh Zirakpur, June 24 Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-hyped Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has taken a beating in the Dhakoli area after private safai karamcharis stopped door-to-door collection of garbage due to the ongoing row over the dumping site. Safai karamcharis alleged that some politically influential people in Dhakoli had fenced the area with barbed wires to prevent them from disposing of garbage as the people living in the vicinity complained of stench emanating from the secondary dumping point. When this correspondent visited the site, he found the area fenced as alleged by safai karamcharis, besides two signage boards erected at both ends warning people of fine of Rs 500 if caught dumping garbage at the site and initiation of proceeding against violators. Instead of probing the matter against the people, who fenced the area, officials concerned gave an indication that they were hand in glove with encroachers, said sources. When asked about fencing of the secondary point, chief ...
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Poor sanitation at ESIHospital irks panel member 25.6.2018 Hindu: Home
‘Programmes will be organised soon to sensitise MTC sanitation workers’
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After poor show, blame game begins 24.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Panchkula, June 23 While Panchkula has figured at the bottom in the tricity in the Swachh Survekshan 2018, people responsible for the city’s sanitary have entered into blame game over poor ranking. While Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia says the Haryana Government did not support them in the Swachh Survekshan and the ruling party’s MLA should answer reasons behind Panchkula’s 142nd rank, MC Commissioner Rajesh Jogpal said the District Administration headed by the previous Deputy Commissioner in 2017 did not provide adequate cooperation. Though Commissioner Rajesh Jogpal has thanked schools, hospitals, hotels, HUDA, park development committees, RWAs and officers of the Income Tax Department, along with MC officials and workers for putting efforts, Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia said there was no support from the Haryana Government and result is in front of all of us. The MLA should give answer to Panchkula residents, the Mayor said. MC Commissioner Rajesh Jogpal said he had joined as the ...
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MC to take help of nambardars to curb illegal construction 23.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 22 To keep a check on illegal constructions in all the 95 Wards of the city, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has planned to ‘fix’ duty of reporting new constructions in each Ward on nambardars (head of safai karamcharis). The MC deploys a nambardar as chief of safai karacmharis in each Ward. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu has pinned hope on nambardars to keep a check on undergoing constructions in the city as the MC building branch has failed to do so. Safai karamcharis of the MC are supposed to visit each street of the respective area as per their routine duty while nambardars record their attendance everyday. “We are going to fix duty of nambardars to keep a check on new constructions in their respective wards. As they record attendance of safai karamcharis twice a day, they will be given the task to make a report on under construction buildings in each street. These nambardars can keep check on new construction of houses, commercial and other buildings,” said ...
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Manual scavengers to get loans to buy sewer cleaning machines 22.6.2018 Metros | The Asian Age
The banks and financial institution would provide 95 percent of the cost as loan to each of the machine owners, the statement said.
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Revised allowances for govt staff approved 22.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 21 The state Finance Department on Thursday gave its approval to the long-awaited allowances of government employees in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission. But the issue of house rent allowance (HRA) and some others may take some more time. Sources in the Finance Department confirmed that approval was granted on Thursday to release 10 types of allowances — children education allowance, travelling allowance, fixed medical allowance, non-practicing allowance for HCMS doctors, AYUSH doctors, dental surgeons and veterinarians, conveyance allowance for differently abled, special allowances for safai karamcharis, uniform and washing allowance (for Group D employees), hill compensation allowance (for Morni area), cycle allowance (for Group D employees) and special allowance on birth of children of differently abled women employees as per the central government rules. As far as HRA and some department-specific allowances are concerned, the government has decided to ...
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Compelling story of an inhuman practice 21.6.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
Excellent music and performances rendered Asif Ali’s “Nachyo Bahut Gopal” a fine depiction of those condemned to a life of scavenging
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CM asks BMC to grant permanent status to conservancy workers 20.6.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
Civic commissioner directed to enforce move in 3 months
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Bargari sacrilege: SIT searches drain for missing pages of ‘bir’ 17.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Faridkot, June 16 The special investigation team (SIT) of the Punjab Police probing the three-year-old sacrilege incidents on Saturday morning pressed into service many sewer suction machines and JCBs to empty a drain of solid waste in Kotkapura. The SIT was searching for some pages of a “bir” of Guru Granth Sahib which was stolen from a gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala on June 1, 2015. Some pages of the “bir” were found scattered around a gurdwara at Bargari village on October 12, 2015, triggering a statewide outrage that time. The remaining portion of the “bir” was dumped into the drain, believed Ranbir Singh Khatra, DIG, and head of the SIT. However, the police found no evidence of the remaining portion of the “bir” after over five hours of the search operation in the drain. Khatra said the search was necessary for a clearer idea of where the investigation was going. Khatra declared that Mohinderpal Bittu, a state committee member of the Dera Sacha Sauda, was the main ...
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Four-fold increase in manual scavengers in new govt survey; sewer, septic tank cleaners, Rly employees unaccounted for 15.6.2018 DNA: Mumbai
In 2018, India has recorded 53,236 manual scavengers, which is a four-fold rise from the 13,000-odd such workers counted in 2017, the Indian Express reported. However, the data, the report added, was a gross underestimate as only 121 out of more than 600 districts were surveyed.   Furthermore, it does not involve people cleaning sewers and septic tanks, as well as data from the Railways, which is the largest employer of manual scavengers. “Of the 53,000 identified so far through the national survey, only a total of 6,650 have been confirmed officially by states in keeping with the tendency to under-report the prevalence of this practice,” the report added. Last November, the Centre announced that a survey on manual scavengers would be conducted by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry with the idea to counter the severe under-reporting of the number of these labourers. As per the Socio Economic and Caste Census, 2011, there were 182,505 manual scavengers in India. After the Prohibition of ...
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Why did riots erupt in Shillong? 9.6.2018 Hindu: National
What is the conflict? The landscape of Shillong reminded the primarily Scottish officers of East India Company of the glens back home. The hill statio
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Day after, 9 booked for youth’s murder 9.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Mohali, June 8 A day after a 23-year-old PGI safai karamchari was shot dead allegedly by two motorcycle-borne youths in Nayagaon, the police have booked nine persons — Aakash, Deepak, Amandeep, Nanu, Shamu, Udu and Shallu, and two others, all residents of Janta Colony, Nayagaon. According to the police, the names have been included after recording the statements of the family and other witnesses. Saurabh, alias Mandy, received two bullets while four shots were reportedly fired at him by the assailants. The incident took place at Adarsh Nagar Colony where the accused arrived and the pillion rider opened fire at Saurabh. He was taken to the PGI where he was declared brought dead. The SHO of the Nayagaon police station, Bhagwant Singh, said the accused as well as the deceased had a criminal past and it was a case of old enmity. According to the police, the victim was involved in 11 assault and snatching cases registered in Chandigarh and Mohali. The police suspect that this could be a ...
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Committeeto help boost exports 9.6.2018 The Tribune

Shimla, June 8

The government constituted a committee on Friday to help boost exports and enhance the synergy between the Department of Commerce, Government of India, and the state.

Stating this, an official spokesman said the chief secretary will be the chairman of the committee, with additional chief secretary (PWD) and principal secretaries of Industries, Horticulture and Agriculture being its members. TNS

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