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2002 marked the beginning of a journey that managed to inspire several panchayat leaders and workers in Ramanathapuram. The Total Sanitation Campaign was launched in June that year and within a year's time, over 15,000 individual toilets were up and functional. Close to 250 schools had toilets with running water and nearly 400 Balwadis were equipped with functional toilet. 
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When Dr. Mapuskar landed in Dehu village to practice medicine, there were no toilets. With no other option at hand, Mapuskar joined the hundreds of others in the village and went out in the open. It didn’t take long for him to be convinced that the general ill heath of the populace is directly related to the poor state of sanitation and hygiene.
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With over 638 million people defecating in the open, India’s obsession with constructing toilets is not surprising. In a bid to arrest the number of people going out to answer nature’s call, successive governments have been pushing their total sanitation drive under different names.

The Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan’s target was to completely wipe out open defecation in the country by 2017....

Telangana formed but no change in water allocation

On June 2, Andhra Pradesh was finally divided into Telangana and residual Andhra, but the division will not affect water allocation in the two regions owing to the Andhra...

Fly ash laden water from power plant contaminates water in MP village

The water spilled into the village when mud wall of the fly ash dyke of Essar's Mahan thermal power plant in Singrauli district collapsed. In an earlier instance, the state pollution control board asked the plant to shut down when...

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