Swachh Bharat Mission
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
12 Jul 2017
Shillong: Meet the ladies that turn garbage into gold
They are called the 'Merry Maidens' of Shillong with a twist.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.