Swachh Bharat Mission

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PM Modi and Bill Gates discuss coronavirus situation and vaccine

15 May 2020

PM Modi and Bill Gates discuss coronavirus situation and vaccine

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an extensive discussion with philanthropist Bill Gates on the coronavirus crisis, the global response to the pandemic, India's efforts, and a vaccine.

PM Modi promotes plogging; picks garbage at Mamallapuram beach

12 Oct 2019

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.

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

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.

Uttar Pradesh Budget 2019: Highlights from the Budget speech

07 Feb 2019

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.

India much cleaner after Swachh Bharat Mission: Ruskin Bond

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.

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

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.

West Delhi Police digitizes malkhanas across all its police stations

17 Nov 2018

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.

PM Modi emphasizes the responsibility of citizens towards society

25 Oct 2018

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.

India is shining a spotlight on sanitation: Bill Gates

02 Oct 2018

India is shining a spotlight on sanitation: Bill Gates

Congratulating the Modi government for "shining a light on sanitation," Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), said India must now use innovations and technology to build on Swachh Bharat Mission's success.

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

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.

Central govt employees to undertake cleanliness drive on office premises

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.

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

12 Sep 2018

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Important steps needed to reach double-digit growth: Modi

17 Jun 2018

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.

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

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.

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

23 May 2018

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.

UGC directs universities to ban plastic cups, bottles on campus

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.

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

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.

Jamshedpur: BDOs directed to complete toilet construction by June 15

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.

Manipur's Karang is India's first cashless island

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

How can BMC convert private-toilets into public? Bombay HC questions

07 Mar 2018

How can BMC convert private-toilets into public? Bombay HC questions

The Bombay HC today asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to explain the provisions under which the civic body had decided to convert "private toilets" into public ones under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

West Bengal: Six more districts to become ODF by March-end

05 Mar 2018

West Bengal: Six more districts to become ODF by March-end

Six more districts in West Bengal are likely to be declared open defecation free (ODF) by the end of March this year, an official said.

#DecodingBudget: Jaitley announces new GOBAR Dhan scheme

01 Feb 2018

#DecodingBudget: Jaitley announces new GOBAR Dhan scheme

While presenting the budget in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a new scheme called GOBAR Dhan for solid waste management, among other agricultural reforms.

MP: Whistleblower bureaucrat Niaz Khan transferred 18 times in 13yrs

10 Dec 2017

MP: Whistleblower bureaucrat Niaz Khan transferred 18 times in 13yrs

Niaz Khan, a senior bureaucrat with the MP government has been transferred a shocking 18 times in the last 13 years. The latest transfer was after he exposed corruption by local authorities in implementing the government's flagship 'Swachh Bharat Mission'.

PM Modi: Pandit Nehru was against building Somnath temple

29 Nov 2017

PM Modi: Pandit Nehru was against building Somnath temple

With Gujarat elections approaching, PM Modi is on a roll; he addressed back-to-back rallies at Morbi, Prachi, Palitana and Navsari.

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."

Is Uma Bharti protesting her demotion with a padyatra?

06 Sep 2017

Is Uma Bharti protesting her demotion with a padyatra?

Uma Bharti, who was shunted out of the water resources and Ganga rejuvenation portfolio, will be taking a padyatra along the Ganga next month.

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: Shopaholics paradise Sarojini Nagar market is now online

14 Jul 2017

Delhi: Shopaholics paradise Sarojini Nagar market is now online

There is great news for shopaholics, especially who love going to Sarojini Nagar.

Shillong: Meet the ladies that turn garbage into gold

12 Jul 2017

Shillong: Meet the ladies that turn garbage into gold

They are called the 'Merry Maidens' of Shillong with a twist.

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.

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.

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.

How well has the Modi government fared in 3 years?

26 May 2017

How well has the Modi government fared in 3 years?

The BJP government swept to power in 2014 projecting its PM face Modi as the embodiment of "acche din" that would soon arrive under BJP rule.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Indore cleanest city, Gujarat cleanest state

04 May 2017

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Indore cleanest city, Gujarat cleanest state

The Swachh Survekshan 2017 has put Indore as India's cleanest city and stated that Gujarat was the country's cleanest state, having 11 cities in the top 50 list.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Sanitation, cleanliness improved in many cities

04 May 2017

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Sanitation, cleanliness improved in many cities

A government-commissioned sample survey revealed that sanitation and cleanliness largely improved in several cities and towns, suggesting that the Centre's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has had a positive impact.