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Manual scavenging: Karnataka High Court notice to state, Centre 23.2.2018

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Central and state government, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), and to the National Commission for Safai Karmacharis (NCSK) following a petition regarding safeguarding the interests of manual scavengers in the state.

The State High Court Legal Services Committee has filed the PIL seeking directions to the respondents to submit a report stating the actions taken by them with regard to the removal of the inhuman practice of manual scavenging and the implementation of 'The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013'.

Overseas students
In an interim order, the High Court permitted students belonging to the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) category to appear for the Common Entrance Test (CET) exam for undergraduate engineering courses for the year 2018.

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Manholes in the middle of roads to be shifted in phases 23.2.2018 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
Minister cautions motorists to drive carefully on white-topped roads to avoid accidents
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HC directs TN govt to give relief to kin of manual scavengers 20.2.2018 PTI: All news
HC directs TN govt to give relief to kin of manual scavengers
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Robots may soon clean up manholes in Kerala 19.2.2018
Thiruvananthapuram: In a first in Kerala, the state government will soon be utilising the services of robots to clean sewer holes. The trial runs of the robot, developed by a startup company, Genrobotics, have been successfully held recently and the product will be launched next week, Kerala Water Authority (KWA) Managing Director, A Shainamol said. "The Kerala government is very excited with the project," Shainamol said. The robot, equipped with Wi-Fi, Blue Tooth and control panels has four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spider web looking extension to scoop out the waste from sewers. The project is supported by KWA, which has joined hands with Kerala start up mission to transform new ideas into practical technologies for addressing issues relating to pipe leakage and sanitation. "Our intention is to promote local talent. Now the product, being fully funded by the government, is ready and it will be launched next week," she said. Initially, the services of the robot, ...
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Kerala will soon replace humans by deploying robots to clean manholes 19.2.2018 All Current Affairs Stories
The project is supported by KWA, which has joined hands with Kerala start up mission to transform new ideas into practical technologies for addressing issues relating to pipe leakage and sanitation
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End of manual scavenging? Robots to soon clean up manholes in Kerala 19.2.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
In a first in Kerala, the state government will soon be utilising the services of Robots to clean sewer holes. The trial runs of the robot, developed by a startup company, Genrobotics, have been successfully held recently and the product will be launched next week, Kerala Water Authority (KWA) Managing Director, A Shainamol said. "The Kerala government is very excited with the project," Shainamol told PTI. The robot, equipped with Wi-Fi, Blue Tooth and control panels has four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spider web looking extension to scoop out the waste from sewers. The project is supported by KWA, which has joined hands with Kerala start up mission to transform new ideas into practical technologies for addressing issues relating to pipe leakage and sanitation. "Our intention is to promote local talent. Now the product, being fully funded by the government, is ready and it will be launched next week," she said. Initially, the services of the robot, christened 'Bandicoot' will be utilised in ...
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BBMP told to create cell to monitor STPs 18.2.2018 Hindu: Home
Ensure all treatment plants are registered: Commission
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CMC accused of getting manual scavenging done by pourakarmikas 16.2.2018 Hindu: Karnataka
Official refutes charge of activist
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Manual scavenging: Monitoring panel has had only one meeting 16.2.2018 Hindu: Bangalore
So far this year, at least six persons involved in the prohibited practice have died
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Deaths in septic tank: 2 BBMP officials held 15.2.2018
Bengaluru: HAL police on Wednesday arrested BBMP senior health inspector and deputy health officer in connection with the death of two workers due to manual scavenging.  The two workers were engaged by Yumlok hotel management in AECS Layout to clean a septic tank and died due to asphyxiation. The hotel manager Ayush Gupta (22) and caretaker Venkatesh (43) were arrested on Tuesday, while the police are on the lookout for the hotel owner Avinash Gupta. The senior health inspector, Devaraj, and DHO (Mahadevpura Zone), Kalpana, were arrested on charges of causing death due to negligence.  According to police, Yumlok hotel management had taken permission from BBMP to run its business on the first floor of the commercial complex Prema Paradise, but extended their operation to the basement. Devaraj and Kalpana who are jurisdictional health officers did not take any action against the management, despite being aware of it.  The police said the health officers were informed about this development ...
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Thiruvananthapuram: Bandicoot robot cleans with elan 15.2.2018
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Loads of plastics, sanitary napkins, diapers, medical waste like plaster of Paris and syringes have greeted Bandicoot, sewerage cleaning robot, during its trial runs in the city during the last two days. "The kinds of stuff inside the sewers were beyond our imaginations. But Bandicoot could pull it out without any difficulty," said Vimal Govind, chief executive officer and product architect of Genrobotics, the startup form formed by a group of young engineers that developed the robot. On the first day, Bandicoot entered four manholes and cleared the drains. It took only around one hour. On the second day, the trial was more challenging as a very old utility hole was the mission. But Bandicoot could execute it with ease. The trial runs were near Thiruva-nanthapuram Medical College area. All the manholes are of different shapes and structures. While some have a round-shaped opening, some have the square shape. Iron rods are also protruding in many to enable the manual ...
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Chennai: Three asphyxiated while cleaning resort septic tank 15.2.2018
Chennai: Manual scavenging reared its ugly head again as three persons were asphyxiated on Wednesday while cleaning the septic tank at a private luxury resort near Sriperumbur, 50 km off the city.   The deceased were identified as Murugesan (35), Ajith alias Maari (34) both residents of Nemmilichery near Avadi, and Ravi (32) of Somangalam. The incident happened around 1 pm on Wednesday at Hudson Hotels on Pondur bypass off Chennai-Bengaluru Highway. While Murugesan and Maari are employees of the Chennai-based firm hired by hotel authorities to clear the sewage from tanks, Ravi is an electrician at the hotel, police said. Preliminary investigations revealed that every two days, the sewer tankers are cleaned and once in a month, staff come for complete cleaning of the tanks. On Wednesday, five persons had come for the work. After clearing the water from the sewer, Murugesan was the first to climb down the 10-foot tank. When he was down by around 7 feet deep, he fainted letting out a scream after which ...
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End this scourge 14.2.2018 HBL: Home

 

It is horrendous that the scourge of manual scavenging still exists despite it being banned. The number of workers who have lost their lives while cleaning sept

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Bengaluru: Will it ever end? Manual scavenging kills 2 more 14.2.2018
Bengaluru: The scourge of manual scavenging continues to claim lives with  two labourers  dying of asphyxiation while cleaning the choked septic tank of a hotel in AECS Layout on Tuesday. With their deaths, the number of workers  who have lost their lives while cleaning septic tanks in the city this year alone has risen to five.  The HAL police have arrested manager Ayush Gupta and caretaker Venkatesh of Hotel Yumlok and are on the lookout for its owner, Avinash Gupta.  The labourers, Ramu, 25 and  Ravi, 28 of  Raichur, who were hired by the hotel to clean the tank, got down to the job at around 4 pm. Ramu entered the tank while Ravi stood outside to collect the waste he was supposed to hand him after cleaning the clogged drain. "Within minutes of Ramu entering the tank, he collapsed. When Ravi did not hear anything from him, he entered the tank and met with the same fate. Both died of suffocation," said the police, adding that the workers were not carrying ...
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Parliament Budget Session 2018 Live Updates: Every Indian is paying the price of the poison infested by Congress, says PM Narendra Modi 7.2.2018 India – The Indian Express
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‘Innovative steps taken up for Swachh Survekshan’ 3.2.2018 Hindu: Andhra Pradesh
Central team to visit Rajamahendravaram today, tomorrow
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Budget termed a mixed bag 2.2.2018 Hindu: Home
Steps to end manual scavenging, allocation for transgenders lauded
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Budget 2018: Kiska Saath, Kiska Vikas? 2.2.2018 The Wire

The Dalit and Adivasi community's analysis of the budget shows gross under allocation – only 50.7% has been allocated towards targeted schemes for SCs and 51.24% for STs.

The post Budget 2018: Kiska Saath, Kiska Vikas? appeared first on The Wire.

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Assistance from Centre sought to end practice of manual scavenging 1.2.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service  Dehradun, January 31  Uttarakhand Social Welfare Minister Yashpal Arya today demanded a Central  assistance to end the practice of manual scavenging in Rudrapur, Kashipur, Dehradun, Haridwar and Haldwani.  During a meeting with Union Minister of Social Justice Thawar Chand Gehlot in New Delhi recently, Arya stressed the need to end manual scavenging. He said the assistance was required for introducing technology for the disposal of human waste and garbage. He also sought  a financial assistance of  Rs 55 crore  for implementing  the Centre’s  post-matric scholarship scheme for students belonging to the OBC categories, Rs  121 crore (2017-2018)  and Rs 63 crore (2016-2017) under the same scheme for the students belonging to ST communities and Rs 113 crore under the National Social Assistance Scheme for disbursing old-age pension and  pension to widows and physical disabled.  He also sought an assistance of Rs 22 crore  for the construction of hostels for weaker sections in the ...
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Panel orders closure of insanitary toilets in Shravanabelagola 31.1.2018 Hindu: Home
The Hindu had highlighted manual scavenging at township in Shravanabelagola
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