Swachh Bharat: News

08 Jun 2022


India slams Environment Performance Index 2022, calls it 'unscientific'

The Centre rebutted the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2022, which rated India last out of 180 nations on Wednesday.

08 Jun 2022


India nosedives to finish last in Environment Performance Index

India has fallen behind the rest of the world in terms of environmental performance.

19 Feb 2022

Madhya Pradesh

PM Modi to inaugurate Gobar-Dhan plant today. What is it?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will, on Saturday (February 19), inaugurate Gobar-Dhan—a Bio-CNG plant based in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

10 Dec 2021


'Bal Naren': After 'Toilet', Swachh Bharat Mission gets another film

The Swachh Bharat Mission was brought on celluloid by Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which was a commercial success.

22 Jan 2021

Narendra Modi

Swachh Bharat helped fight coronavirus: Modi to vaccine recipients

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that his government's 'Swachh Bharat' cleanliness mission helped in the fight against the coronavirus.

12 Oct 2019

Narendra Modi

PM Modi promotes plogging; picks garbage at Mamallapuram beach

In a similar vein with the much-publicized Swachh Bharat Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen picking up trash at the Mamallapuram beach in Chennai on Saturday.

11 Oct 2019

Madhya Pradesh

Click toilet-selfie, get Rs. 51,000: MP government's scheme for newly-weds

In an absurd move, bridegrooms in Madhya Pradesh are now required to take toilet selfies if they are to avail the benefits of a government scheme.

02 Oct 2019


#GandhiJayanti: PM Modi will declare India 'Open Defecation-Free'

The entire country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, with a number of events being lined up across India.

01 Oct 2019

Narendra Modi

After brouhaha, government will NOT ban single-use plastic

From ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about waging a war against single-use plastic. Listing how it harms the environment, he urged countrymen to switch to cloth bags for daily use.

25 Sep 2019

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi receives Global Goalkeeper Award for Swachh Bharat campaign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the prestigious Global Goalkeeper Award for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which he had started on October 2, 2014.

22 Jul 2019


Have suggestions for Modi's I-Day speech? Here's what to do

With India's 73rd Independence Day less than a month away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced that he would be taking suggestions for his August 15 speech.

09 Jul 2019

Times of India

This start-up by IIT graduate makes garbage bins 'smart'

An IIT-Madras graduate's start-up is all set to make your garbage collection smart.

23 Jun 2019

Uttar Pradesh

Unlike Rahul, Smriti decides to build her house in Amethi

For more than a decade, Uttar Pradesh's Amethi had an absent parliamentarian- Rahul Gandhi.

27 Apr 2019


RBI set to issue new 'greenish yellow' Rs. 20 notes

The Reserve Bank of India has announced that it would issue new Rs. 20 notes shortly. The notes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) series will be greenish yellow in color and will bear the signature of Governor Shaktikanta Das.

15 Apr 2019


#NewsBytesSurvey: Youth happy with Modi, 70% think he would win

With general elections officially beginning last week, the eyes of the world are set on India.

12 Feb 2019

Narendra Modi

This Hyderabad groom wants 'Vote for Modi' as his gift

Last month, we reported how a Gujarati family asked guests invited to their son's wedding to vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the upcoming elections through the wedding invitation.

07 Feb 2019

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh Budget 2019: Highlights from the Budget speech

On Thursday, the much-awaited Uttar Pradesh Budget was announced for the financial year 2019-20.

31 Jan 2019


Parliament Budget Session 2019 begins: Details here

On Thursday, President Ram Nath Kovind addressed a joint sitting of both Houses of the Parliament, and kicked off the Budget Session.

22 Jan 2019

Narendra Modi

After BJP's warning, Chennai's Loyola college apologizes for 'anti-Hindu' paintings

The well-known Loyola College, a Catholic minority institution in Chennai, has issued an apology following the outrage erupted over some paintings at an expo in its campus which the BJP and other saffron outfits termed as a desecration of Hindu symbols.

14 Jan 2019

Narendra Modi

Now, you can give feedback to PM Modi on NaMo-app

With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections fast approaching, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to citizens and has asked for "direct feedback" on a number of issues through a survey launched on the NaMo app.

09 Dec 2018


India much cleaner after Swachh Bharat Mission: Ruskin Bond

Renowned author Ruskin Bond has said that India has become much cleaner following Swachh Bharat Mission, but the challenge lies in addressing the issue appropriately.

20 Nov 2018


Construct 60,000 household toilets within target, J&K government orders agencies

The Jammu and Kashmir government has directed authorities to meet the original target of constructing 60,000 individual household toilets (IHHTs) in urban areas under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in the state.

17 Nov 2018

Delhi Police

West Delhi Police digitizes malkhanas across all its police stations

The Delhi Police's West district digitized all malkhanas, rooms for keeping seized arms and ammunition, across its 12 police stations on Friday, police said.

11 Nov 2018

Narendra Modi

Why should you and I question the government?

Democracy has given citizens a brahmastra- the right to question the government.

25 Oct 2018

Narendra Modi

PM Modi emphasizes the responsibility of citizens towards society

PM Narendra Modi yesterday said more people are paying taxes because they have faith their money is being used properly, but pitched for a system where citizens do a little more than honestly paying taxes.

21 Oct 2018


Disclose corruption complaints against serving Union Ministers: CIC to PMO

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to disclose complaints of corruption received against Union Ministers between 2014 and 2017 and action taken on them.

29 Sep 2018


Fake notes can get you jailed. Learn to spot them

How likely is it that you have a fake note resting in your wallet? With counterfeit notes worth Rs. 11.23 crore detected across India in the first eight months post demonetization, the probability of it is unmissable.

26 Sep 2018


UP: Prove yourself a hygiene-champion, become DM for a day

Prove yourself to be a hygiene champion and become Shahjahanpur's District Magistrate for a day, albeit minus financial powers.

17 Sep 2018


Central govt employees to undertake cleanliness drive on office premises

The Center has asked all departments under it to undertake cleanliness drive on their premises, according to an official communique.

12 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi

PM Modi announces 'Swachhata Hi Seva Movement' from September 15

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced the launch of the 'Swachhata Hi Seva Movement' from September 15 to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

11 Sep 2018


Swachh Bharat scuffle death: Pratapgarh police report clears the accused

More than a year after a 53-year-old activist died in Rajasthan's Pratapgarh after an altercation with civic officials engaged in the Swachh Bharat campaign, police have submitted a final report concluding that he died of cardiac arrest.

19 Aug 2018


Chhattisgarh's "Swachhta Warrior" to create awareness on importance of voting

A 25-year-old Chhattisgarh woman, who played a key role in making 82 village panchayats open defecation-free, will now educate people of Raigarh district on the importance of voting and enrolment of eligible electors.

15 Aug 2018

Indian Railways

Cleanest Indian Railways stations revealed: Full list here

Anyone who's traveled extensively by train will inevitably know that cleanliness isn't the Indian Railways' biggest forte.

26 Jul 2018


Fake notes can get you jailed. Learn to spot them

How likely is it that you have a fake note resting in your wallet? With counterfeit notes worth Rs. 11.23 crore detected across India in the first eight months post demonetization, the probability of it is unmissable.

10 Jul 2018


ECoR's special-drive to keep Puri station clean during Rath Yatra

The East Coast Railway will launch a special drive to keep the Puri railway station in Odisha clean during the Rath Yatra, an official said.

08 Jul 2018


Modi-govt needs to shed 'obsession' with economic-growth: Economist Jean Dreze

The Narendra Modi government needs to shed its "obsession" with economic growth and take a broader view of what development is about, argues noted economist Jean Dreze.

17 Jun 2018

Narendra Modi

Important steps needed to reach double-digit growth: Modi

Chairing the NITI Aayog Governing Council meet at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today, PM Narendra Modi said the economy was growing healthily, but the challenge is to take it to double-digit figures.

07 Jun 2018


Sanitation coverage increased from 38% to 80% in India: Modi

PM Narendra Modi today said the sanitation coverage in the country has increased from 38% to nearly 80% and asserted that the "Swachh Bharat Mission" is playing a central role in creating a healthy India.

23 May 2018

Delhi Police

Delhi Police makes gaffe: 'Non-police' colony gets award for cleanliness

In an embarrassing act, the Delhi Police awarded a "non-police colony" for being one of the cleanest "police colonies" due to a mix-up over similar sounding names of RWA Presidents.

19 May 2018


UGC directs universities to ban plastic cups, bottles on campus

The UGC has directed all varsities and higher educational institutions to ban the use of plastic cups, lunch packets, straws, bottles, and bags on their campuses.

13 May 2018

Indian Army

Operation Sadhbavana improving lives of people in far-flung Jammu areas

Indian Army under "Operation Sadbhavana (Goodwill)" is reaching out to communities in far-flung areas of the Jammu region through a series of civilian programs aimed at improving the lives of people.

12 May 2018


Government announces Digital India Internship Scheme: Details here

The government has announced yet another exciting opportunity for students, especially for those in engineering.

04 May 2018


BN Vijaya Kumar, Karnataka poll-candidate, dies after heart-attack at rally

Sitting BJP MLA of Jayanagar in Karnataka, BN Vijaya Kumar, died in the wee hours today after a massive heart attack. He was 60.

29 Apr 2018


Counterfeit notes can get you jailed. Learn to spot them

How likely is it that you have a fake note resting in your wallet? With counterfeit notes worth Rs. 11.23 crore detected across India in the first eight months post demonetization, the probability of it is unmissable.

29 Apr 2018

Narendra Modi

PM Modi invites youngsters to participate in Swachh Bharat internship

On the 43rd edition of 'Mann Ki Baat,' PM Narendra Modi urged students to join the government's new Swachh Bharat summer internship program.

26 Apr 2018


Construction of toilets under Swachh-Bharat to be completed before schedule

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri today said the government would meet the target of constructing 67 lakh household and 5 lakh public toilets in urban areas under the Swachh Bharat Mission a year ahead of the schedule of 2 Oct'19.

26 Apr 2018


MHRD announces Swachh Bharat summer internships. Apply now

To achieve its lofty ambition of making India open defecation free by October 2019, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched a Swachh Bharat summer internship for college students across India.

23 Apr 2018


Jamshedpur: BDOs directed to complete toilet construction by June 15

The Deputy Commissioner of Jamshedpur's East Singhbhum district Amit Kumar has directed all the Block Development Officers (BDOs) to complete the construction of toilets, as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission by June 15.

22 Apr 2018


Manipur's Karang is India's first cashless island

PM Narendra Modi handed out awards to bureaucrats yesterday for efficient implementation of select government programs, including Digital India.

21 Apr 2018


J&K: Govt-employees' salaries stopped for not having toilets at home

Sending out a strong message against open defecation, salaries of over 600 government employees in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar were stopped for not constructing toilets at their houses.

10 Apr 2018

Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi in Bihar: Three rail projects flagged off

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday flagged off a train between Katihar and Old Delhi, dedicated to the nation a loco factory in Madhepura, and also laid the foundation of a track-doubling project in Bihar.

07 Apr 2018


Sachin Tendulkar explains why ending open-defecation is important for children

Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar calls for ending open defecation in an open letter published in Hindustan Times.

04 Apr 2018


Delhi: Not one toilet built under Swachh Bharat, says CAG

The CAG has come down heavily on the Delhi Government for not constructing a single toilet since the inception of Swachh Bharat Mission in October'14.

04 Apr 2018


CAG: Kejriwal's Delhi government has untracked funds of Rs. 7,270cr

In an amusing paradox, anti-corruption proponent AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal now finds himself cornered.

02 Apr 2018

Narendra Modi

Congress takes a dig at Centre on April Fool's Day

The Congress on Sunday used the April Fool's Day to mock PM Narendra Modi and his government over their alleged failures in creating jobs and rein in corruption as the party marked the occasion as "Jumla Day".