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User: ssurekha Topic: Environment
Category: Assorted :: Scavenging
Last updated: Nov 20 2018 24:48 IST RSS 2.0
 
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People in this Mumbai slum barely make it to 40; here’s why 24.4.2019 Citizen Matters
For decades, waste has been Mumbai's teeming, unsolvable problem. Slums around the city's dumping ground are now Asia's largest, exposing ragpickers and the general population to serious health risks. All plans and commitments to waste management, meanwhile, appear figurative.
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Here’s what citizens are demanding for inclusive and just urban development 16.4.2019 Citizen Matters
Members of civil society organizations, urban poor and worker collectives place their demands that reimagine cities and envision more inclusive and sustainable urban development, so that there is a place for all in these cities.
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Workers Doing India's Dirtiest Job Say PM Modi Has Failed Them 7.4.2019 NDTV News - Latest
Five sanitation workers, all from the lowest rung of India's caste system, were chosen in late February to meet a very important guest: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Workers doing India's dirtiest job say Modi has failed them 7.4.2019 Reuters: Top News
Five sanitation workers, all from the lowest rung of India's caste system, were chosen in late February to meet a very important guest: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Delhi sewer-cleaning machine project reinforces link between Dalits and sanitation work, say critics 4.3.2019 Scroll.in
The state government does not own the machines it launched last week. Instead, members of the Dalit community will get loans to buy them.
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Shehri Samridhi Utsav 17.2.2019 The Assam Tribune
Shehri Samridhi Utsav
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Why technology alone won’t solve India’s manual scavenging problem 2.1.2019 Scroll.in - News that matters
The reason this is so rarely speaks its name. It is caste.
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On World Toilet Day, A New Machine Aims To End India's Sewer Death Shame 19.11.2018 NDTV News - India-news
Hundreds of "manual scavengers" die each year cleaning out sewers in cities across India but a machine unveiled for Monday's World Toilet Day could help to end that tragic record.
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Hope Machine To End Woes Of Manual Scavengers Involved In Cleaning Sewer 19.11.2018 NDTV News - Top-stories
Hundreds of "manual scavengers" die each year cleaning out sewers in cities across India, but a machine unveiled on World Toilet Day today could help to end that tragic record. Thousands of people,...
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Is a blanket ban on use of plastic really necessary? 21.7.2018 Rediff: Business
The problem, say experts, is not so much the use of plastic as the lack of effort to recycle and reuse it.
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Use your tech prowess to end manual scavenging in cities 13.7.2018 Citizen Matters
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched a Technology Challenge, inviting entries proposing tech solutions for cleaning of sewerage systems and septic tanks. If you can come up with a technology that can end the curse of manual scavenging, apply before August 14th. »
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Meet Bandicoot, the robot 21.6.2018 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
How robots may eradicate manual scavenging in India.
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Plastic ban: before fines, the alternatives 18.6.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
BMC to hold three-day exhibition at NSCI; penalties up to ₹5,000 from June 23
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Beat plastic: Yes, but how? 16.6.2018 Citizen Matters
Despite rules and bans in place, attempts to beat plastic use and pollution in our cities have been hardly effective. Experts weigh in on what could be done to change that. »
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2 Starvation Deaths In Jharkhand In 3 Days, Chief Minister Orders Probe 5.6.2018 NDTV News - Top-stories
Two women have died due to starvation in Jharkhand in the last three days, prompting Chief Minister Raghbar Das order a probe.
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Where does the plastic waste in Indian cities go? 2.6.2018 Citizen Matters
A reality check on the plastic waste management practices of major Indian cities shows that there has been limited success of anti-plastic policies, even as the country gears up to host World Environment Day 2018, with the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution". »
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I will continue to fight for rights of poor, says Nirmala from CPI(ML), Yeshwanthpur candidate 10.5.2018 Citizen Matters
Communist Party of India (Marxist-Lenin) (CPI(ML)) is contesting a few seats in Karnataka this election. We spoke to Yeshwanthpur candidate Nirmala to understand her poll pitch and ideas. Excerpts: People of Yeshwanthpur do not know »
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Genrobotics to roll out 5 more 'Bandicoot' robots 7.4.2018 General News
: Kerala-based startup Genrobotics has plans to unveil five more 'Bandicoot' robots for cleaning sewer holes, including for pilot projects in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The startup had garnered tremendous response to its innovative idea of using robots for the task and potentially eliminating the age-old practice of manual scavenging. Genrobotics was among the participants of the two-day Huddle Kerala conclave, which concluded at nearby Kovlam today. Founded in 2015, GenRobotics specialises in powered exoskeletons and human-controlled robotic systems. Sharjah Digital Transformation Higher Committee Chairman Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi was among the visitors to the Genrobotics stall. The founders, engineering graduates Arun George, Vimal Govind, N P Nikhil and Ashiq, said they had received several enquiries from the UAE, and hoped that their brief meeting with Sheikh Fahim would open the doors to present their product in Sharjah. Genrobotics launched the world's ...
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Dazzling hidden beauty of insects 26.3.2018 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
First museum fully dedicated to insects in the country to be opened at TNAU today
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Persecuted for being Pardhi: Members of this denotified tribe battle bias, daily harassment 21.3.2018 Latest News India on Firstpost
Members of the Pardhi tribe in Bhopal have seen little change in circumstances four months after a woman from the tribe immolated herself allegedly due to police harassment
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