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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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'.
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.
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."
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".