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Andhra Pradesh to construct 52 lakh individual household toilets over the next four years
The Andhra Pradesh government has set itself a target of constructing 52 lakh individual household latrines...
New Delhi made heads turn a month back with its abysmal air pollution statistics. Most Indian cities seem to be fighting a losing battle with the mounting solid waste crisis. Providing safe drinking water and sanitation are herculean tasks for many civic bodies. While these facts are no surprise to many, we rarely find ourselves mulling over the larger issues.
 
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'Open defecation free' status of villages to be verified by state governments
 
In a bid to take the Swachh Bharat’s sustainability quotient a step higher, the centre has asked state governments to verify the ‘...

The 73rd Constitution Amendment Act, 1992 was a landmark legislation that changed the way local self governing institutions functioned across the country. With the devolution of powers to Gram Panchayats at the village and Zilla Parishads at the district level, programmes relating to water and sanitation came under the local government’s purview.

Local governments were now made in...

Ganesh Chathurthi, a much-awaited event in the Hindu calendar, is celebrated with great pomp especially in Western India. The reason could be that freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak used this festival in the 1890s to arouse the nationalistic sentiments of locals and bring all factions together against the reigning British. This is probably how the festival transformed from being a private...

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