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A dry solution 21.11.2017 Hindu: Life & Style
On finding solutions for water-intensive toilets in dry areas
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Startup has solution for sewer deaths 19.11.2017 DNA: Mumbai
The practice of manual scavenging is banned in India since 1993 and yet over 126 people have lost their lives cleaning sewers and septic tanks since January this year alone. Despite the laws and Supreme Court interventions, manual scavenging continues. However, 25 years after the ban came into force, eight young engineers — all founders of a Kerala-based startup Genrobotics — are working with Kerala government to put an end to the practice. They have designed a robot, chritstened Bandicoot, which literally means a rat, that can enter into the sewer holes and clean it, exatly like a human would do. "We were approached by the state IT Secretary M Sivasankar seeking our assistance in combating the problem through technology. The idea is to replace the term manhole with robothole so that no human life is lost doing this undignified task," says Vimal Govind, 23, a founding-member of Genrobotics. The Bandicoot has four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spider web looking extension, which can go inside ...
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Manual scavenging law to be amended to hike compensation for deaths 15.11.2017 India – The Indian Express
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Plea against levy of separate cleaning charges 12.11.2017 Hindu: Home
PIL filed in High Court Bench
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UN Rapporteur calls for ‘human rights approach’ to Swachh Bharat Mission 10.11.2017 HBL: Industry & Economy
India slams expert for making ‘sweeping generalisations’
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Now, a spat over Gandhi glasses 10.11.2017 Hindu: National
Change Swachh logo: UN official
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Civic bodies failed to clean even one area of Delhi clean: HC 9.11.2017 PTI: All news
Civic bodies failed to clean even one area of Delhi clean: HC
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Will centralised waste disposal work for Punjab? 7.11.2017 Downtoearth
Safe waste disposal is a big challenge for the national sanitation overdrive. Punjab has been experimenting with centralised systems to tackle this. Has it worked?
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Not joining Congress, says Jignesh Mevani 3.11.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
Putting to rest reports of Congress's overtures to him, Jignesh Mevani on Thursday said that he was not joining the party. The firebrand Dalit leader, though said he is ready for a discussion with top Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi. The convener of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch said, "I am not going to contest the polls either. The only thing we want is the Congress to clarify its stand on the 17 demands that we have made for Dalits." Among the demands are allotment of five acres of farmland to each Dalit family, alternative employment to those involved in skinning of cattle and manual scavenging, and the release of a probe report into the firing on the community members at Thangadh in Surendranagar district in 2012. Mewani said the Bharatiya Janata Party has never responded to their demands. "We want the Congress to say what it is going to do if the Dalits were to support it. I am open to talks with the Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi. But it will be an open meeting and not a secret ...
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The Swachh marathon 3.11.2017 Columns – The Indian Express
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Ahead of Mahamastakabhisheka, manual scavenging rears its ugly head 31.10.2017 Hindu: National
Alleged instances of forcible manual scavenging have come to light in Shravanabelagola, which is gearing up for the Mahamastakabhisheka celebrations in February 2018. Members of the Karnataka State Sa...
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‘Clean India’ mission not ending manual scavenging, activists say 27.10.2017 India – The Indian Express
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HC orders penal action over manual scavenging 24.10.2017 The Hindu - Tamil Nadu
Takes note of photo in The Hindu, calls for a status report
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Town of horrors: Evil Within 2 is guaranteed to spook you out 22.10.2017 sunday mid day
The evil Within 2 throws our protagonist Sebastian Castellanos back into the mind melding world created by the STEM system. This time it isn't a hospital, instead it's a small town called Union. Why would anyone go back into a claustrophobic world with monsters, you ask? Sebastian has a good reason -- his daughter Lily, whom he presumed was dead, is actually alive and is the core of the Mobius' latest version of the Matrix. Like the first game, this one sticks to its survival horror genre and by the end of it, you will feel older and wearier. The dimly-lit hallways, the sudden sounds and the creepy monsters, all play very well together to give you a sense of dread. It also doesn't help that ammo and resources are minimum and you have to go scavenging for everything from Ammo parts to green gel. The game has also gone for a more 'open world' feel this time -- the landscape is full of houses and trees, but not all structures can be entered. However, the houses, which you can foray into, offer a nice ...
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Manual scavenging: Mayor denies charge 21.10.2017 Hindu: Cities
While a complaint was filed against reported manual scavenging in Bunder, Mayor Kavitha Sanil denied it and said that it was case of some workers repairing a damaged manhole.In a complaint to the Mang...
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Varun Gandhi takes on manual scavenging in constituency 16.10.2017 India – The Indian Express
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Of caste, humiliation and course correction 16.10.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 15 Had Punjabi writer Maninder Kang been alive, Vishav would have been his obvious choice for a character in his sequel to the powerful short story “Kutti Vehra”, set in Amritsar’s Khazana Gate area, exploring 400 years of a ghetto inhabited by manual scavengers. Enrolled in LLM with Amritsar’s Guru Nanak Dev University, when Vishav chose manual scavenging, his family profession, as the subject of research, his teachers were at first reluctant. “They did not want caste a part of legal research,” he says. But he refused to budge. (Follow  The Tribune on Facebook ; and  Twitter @thetribunechd ) As part of his research, Vishav interviewed 189 sewerage workers, all employees with the Amritsar Municipal Corporation. He also interviewed municipal health officials, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), union leaders and local politicians. “Although the practice of manual scavenging ended two decades ago owing to the collective efforts of scavengers, almost 20 per cent of the ...
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DC Debate: Scheme or daydream? 13.10.2017
The PM has made very tall promises Prime Minister Narendra Modi is famous for renaming and repacking most of the policies and welfare programme initiatives of the previous government and then spend several hundred crores of rupees in advertisements and publicity to claim credit and earn political brownie points for the same. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a case in point. The Swachh Bharat mission is not the first sanitation programme of its kind. Since 1954, a "rural sanitation programme" has been under implementation in India. Rajiv Gandhi significantly expanded the programme in 1986, when his government launched the Central Rural Sanitation Programme. Then the Atal Behari Vajpayee government in 1999 launched the Total Sanitation Campaign. The UPA government led by Manmohan Singh implemented the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, which is now rechristened as Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan. In October 2014, Mr Modi in his flamboyant style inaugurated the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by sweeping ...
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Plan drawn up for welfare of safai karamcharis: Mareppa 13.10.2017 Hindu: News
Officials have been directed to identify eligible beneficiaries
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Swachh Bharat: India needs to look beyond building individual toilets 11.10.2017 All Current Affairs Stories
India has to be careful so that the project does not interfere with its efforts to boost gender equality
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