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    Waterless urinals not only help solve India’s sanitation issue, their unique design can also great assist in the country’s quest for water security.

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    In 2008 when the jhopadpattis on the pavements of Sewri were demolished, Parveen Sheikh sat by the footpath with her friend Kanta Nada mourning her lost home. Out of 680 homes, according the 1995 election rules, only 280 homes were rehabilitated — Parveen’s home was not on the list. The BMC assured the angered pavement […]

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    Tired of holding your bladder thanks to lack of toilets in public, or more importantly, hygienically safe toilets in public? The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has partnered with Google on the latter’s toilet locator awareness campaign through which public toilets across Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Noida zones can be located on Google Maps. […]

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    As part of a campaign to make 621 Maharashtra villages open-defecation free by October 2, 10,000 toilet pits were dug in a single day in preparation for 10,000 toilets to be built.

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    When Gondappa’s son reached the age of five, he walked with his hands on the ground and feet in the air to the temple of the village Goddess in Thesgora, Madhya Pradesh. A host of villagers accompanied the man to celebrate the survival of the first child who reached the age of five, in a […]

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    Researchers of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, have achieved another feat by innovating a low-cost dirt detector that will soon open up the possibility of keeping public facilities clean and hygienic at all times. Reportedly, the device can be placed at places where cleanliness needs to be monitored on a regular basis.The smart hygiene monitor […]

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    The Coconut Garden Residents Welfare Association (RWA) is an informal body of residents in Nagarbhavi, Bangalore, and comprises around 130 houses. As is with most of the RWAs, the work of the association with its dedicated team is to ensure water supply, internal road work, tackling problems of electricity, cleanliness, helping with documentation and organising […]

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    The amount of sanitary waste that is generated every year in India remains largely unknown because there are no reliable statistics on the subject. Though the menstrual revolution brought relief to millions of women in India in the late nineties, the fact that this accessibility was owed to the mass production of disposable sanitary napkins. […]

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    Delhi Lieutenant Governor, Anil Baijal, issued directives for 100 per cent mechanisation of the sewage cleaning after more than 10 deaths of sanitation workers cleaning sewages manually were reported in the city. The Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and concerned authorities were also directed to run a campaign to create awareness […]

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    Remember that scene in the movie Sholay, where Veeru finds Jai wounded on the ground and asks him how he got injured? Jai explains how, because there was no toilet in his house, he went outside to defecate in the dark and accidentally fell and hurt himself. Remember that? No? Well, at least that’s what the […]

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    Earlier this year, a documentary called Kakkoos unmasked the infernal conditions of public toilets in almost all parts of Tamil Nadu, and the miserable lives of sanitation workers who are forced to clean them. The situation is not very novel in other parts of India either. This, of course, is old news. But considering the […]

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    While a large percentage of people in India continue to remain aloof when it comes to speaking out loud about menstruation and the issues faced by women, a temple that is well worn with time celebrates one of the most natural biological processes. The Kamakhya temple is not just a famous pilgrimage site in Assam, […]

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    On the surface, Indore looks like any another unremarkable town in central India. Unlike its less commercial cousin – Bhopal – Indore really has little to offer in terms of visual beauty and charm. Even the fact that it is the commercial hub of Madhya Pradesh isn’t very evident to an outside observer. But don’t […]

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    The manner in which menstrual products are represented in Indian TV commercials has a lot to do with how society perceives menstruation in the first place. Not only do these ads depict society’s stigmatised view of menstruation as being filthy and taboo, but they also further validate it. Advertisements are made with the sole purpose […]

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    Understanding the importance of the Swachh Bharat campaign, the inhabitants of a small village called Brahmaputhi in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district have promised never to defecate in the open. Their Gram Pradhan organised a panchayat in which they decided to never get their girls married into families that don’t have toilets at home. This decision […]

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    Dear Women, How many times have you heard a co-worker react to your outburst by asking, “Is it that time of the month again?” and controlled the urge to snap back? Or you were simply about to enter a place of worship and saw a board that said, “Women on menstrual cycles not allowed?” Despite […]

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    Most cities in our country don’t have an adequate number of public toilets. Even if there are public toilets, lack of maintenance and hygiene concerns put off most people from using them. The city of Thiruvananthapuram was grappling with this issue as well but to no greater avail. It was the onset of the Onam […]

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    Hide them in layers of black and brown. Whisper ‘can I borrow one’ to your colleagues so no one can hear. Skip work and tell them you’re under the weather. Say you’re ‘down’ or ‘on the rag’, but don’t say the word. Period. Ask any woman, and she will tell you how confusing, embarrassing and […]

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    Did you know the Indian cricket team’s jerseys are made from recycled PET bottles? To be precise – 33 bottles make a single outfit, jersey and bottom included. Recycled plastic is a versatile material, and India capitalises on its potential. The country is said to have one of the highest recycling rates for polyethene terephthalate […]

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    When Swachh Bharat Campaign was launched in 2014, one of its key objectives was to make the country open defecation free (ODF). Even now, there are many places across India where people continue to defecate in the open—for the lack of toilets and financial support to even construct one. In remote villages of Barpeta district, […]

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