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Over 4,000 urban cities declared open defecation free: Government

03 Feb 2019

Over 4,000 urban cities declared open defecation free: Government

Over 4,000 urban cities have been declared open defecation free (ODF) under the Swachh Bharat Mission, an official at the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said.

#WorldToiletDay: Mamata asks people to eradicate the menace of open-defecation

19 Nov 2018

#WorldToiletDay: Mamata asks people to eradicate the menace of open-defecation

On the occasion of World Toilet Day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today asked people to eradicate the menace of open defecation.

Sweden TV says 'Chinese poop in the open'; triggers outrage

25 Sep 2018

Sweden TV says 'Chinese poop in the open'; triggers outrage

It is an ugly world we live in. It is filled with bigots, racists, and despicable people.

Goa govt to install 60,000 bio-toilets under ODF-scheme: CM Parrikar

25 Jul 2018

Goa govt to install 60,000 bio-toilets under ODF-scheme: CM Parrikar

The Goa government will install 60,000 bio-toilets at a cost of Rs. 280cr to make the state open defecation free (ODF) under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told Legislative Assembly today.

Bhubaneswar: People defecating in open will be fined Rs. 50

30 Jun 2018

Bhubaneswar: People defecating in open will be fined Rs. 50

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided that people defecating in the open in the city will be fined Rs. 50, officials said today.

MHRD announces Swachh Bharat summer internships. Apply now

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.

Bihar woman uses begging money to get toilet constructed

13 Feb 2018

Bihar woman uses begging money to get toilet constructed

Despite the nationwide push on building toilets, government officials in Bihar refused to allocate funds to a widow who wanted to get a toilet constructed in her house.

Meet the IAS officer promoting toilet donation in Assam's Jorhat

11 Jan 2018

Meet the IAS officer promoting toilet donation in Assam's Jorhat

An IAS officer in Assam's Jorhat district has found a unique way to realize Swachh Bharat's mission of making India open defecation free by 2019.

In East Delhi, girls need escorts to defecate

26 Dec 2017

In East Delhi, girls need escorts to defecate

On paper, East Delhi is "open defecation free". The municipal corporation has done much work towards the tag, including constructing several new toilets.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha makes it to Bill Gates' list

20 Dec 2017

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha makes it to Bill Gates' list

In a series of tweets, Bill Gates wrote down a list of six inspiring movies from 2017; surprisingly the list also included Bollywood film 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha'.

Swachh Bharat: Video of Maharashtra minister peeing roadside goes viral

20 Nov 2017

Swachh Bharat: Video of Maharashtra minister peeing roadside goes viral

A video of Maharashtra water conservation minister Ram Shinde urinating roadside surfaced online on Sunday and has gone viral since, putting in question the relevance of PM Modi's much-hyped 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.

Here's how a social enterprise is facilitating India's toilet revolution

15 Nov 2017

Here's how a social enterprise is facilitating India's toilet revolution

India has set aside $40bn to ensure it's open-defecation free by 2019.

UN expert finds flaws in PM Modi's Swachh Bharat Mission

11 Nov 2017

UN expert finds flaws in PM Modi's Swachh Bharat Mission

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, Leo Heller, sharply criticized Swachh Bharat Abhiyan saying it "lacked a holistic human rights approach."

BJP leader booked for harassing, clicking pics of woman defecating

24 Oct 2017

BJP leader booked for harassing, clicking pics of woman defecating

A BJP leader in MP's Guna has been booked for allegedly clicking pictures of a woman defecating in the open.

How Bihar's Jeevika Didis are building toilets in rural areas

22 Aug 2017

How Bihar's Jeevika Didis are building toilets in rural areas

Open defecation has long been India's primary health and sanitation issue; most Indian states are struggling to become open defecation-free (ODF).

Rajasthan court: No toilet at home is 'cruelty-towards-women', grants divorce

19 Aug 2017

Rajasthan court: No toilet at home is 'cruelty-towards-women', grants divorce

In 2015, a woman moved a divorce petition at a family court in Rajasthan's Bhilawara district on the grounds that her husband's house didn't have a toilet.

Build toilets or sell your wives? Aurangabad DM sparks controversy

24 Jul 2017

Build toilets or sell your wives? Aurangabad DM sparks controversy

Stirring up controversy, Aurangabad District Magistrate Kanwal Tanuj stated that those who cannot build toilets should sell their wives.

Delhi Metro launches QR code facility to buy metro tokens

03 Jul 2017

Delhi Metro launches QR code facility to buy metro tokens

Delhi Metro launched Bharat Quick Response (QR) code facility, that enables metro travellers to recharge their smart cards or buy tokens using QR codes.

Controversy: Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh seen urinating in public

29 Jun 2017

Controversy: Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh seen urinating in public

The BJP has landed in a controversy after a picture of Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh urinating in public went viral.

PM Modi lauds residents for efforts to make India ODF

25 Jun 2017

PM Modi lauds residents for efforts to make India ODF

PM Modi in today's Mann Ki Baat hailed the efforts of people towards making India an open defecation free (ODF) country.

25% of 'ODF' villages don't even have 100% toilet coverage?

19 Jun 2017

25% of 'ODF' villages don't even have 100% toilet coverage?

According to official records, about 200,000 villages have been declared open-defecation free. Surprisingly, not all houses in one-fourth of them (about 50,000 villages) have toilets, according to central government data.

Rajasthan: Report says 'lynched' activist died due to cardiac arrest

19 Jun 2017

Rajasthan: Report says 'lynched' activist died due to cardiac arrest

Post mortem of a Rajasthan activist who was allegedly lynched by municipality officials has contradicted his kin's claims. The report says he died of a cardiac arrest.

Toilets on highways a fundamental right: Himachal Pradesh HC

17 Jun 2017

Toilets on highways a fundamental right: Himachal Pradesh HC

The Himachal Pradesh HC ruled that public convenience facilities on highways are a fundamental right.

Rajasthan: Activist lynched for protesting photographing of women defecating

17 Jun 2017

Rajasthan: Activist lynched for protesting photographing of women defecating

Zafar Khan, an activist in Rajasthan's Pratapgarh, was doing what he believed in: trying to stop municipality officials from clicking pictures of women defecating in the open.

Chhattisgarh's "missing" toilets - Women seek to trace "stolen" toilets

12 May 2017

Chhattisgarh's "missing" toilets - Women seek to trace "stolen" toilets

A mother-daughter duo from Chhattisgarh's Amarpur village filed a police complaint stating two toilets from their house have gone "missing".