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    For those who generally struggle to squat on Indian toilets, one 25-year-old student from MIT School of Design has come to your rescue. Sanjay Mittal has designed what he calls the first ever unidirectional toilet in the world, reported the Hindustan Times. From the design point of view, the footrest of the regular toilet has […]

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    With different sanitary initiatives and projects focusing on Open Defecation Free (ODF) being launched on World Toilet Day across the country on Sunday, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo too observed the day in an amazing manner with the launch of the first-ever ‘Smart She’ toilet on its premises. Inaugurated by deputy mayor Rakhi Ravikumar, the automated woman-friendly toilet […]

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    Ladakh opened itself to the world in 1974 when the Government of India first allowed foreign tourists into this high-altitude region of the Himalayas flanked on either side by China and Pakistan. Since then, however, a lot has changed, and not necessarily for the better. For one, there has been a tremendous surge in the […]

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    Eram Scientific's e-toilets are showing how sustainable sanitation can be provided for the nearly 600 million Indians who still defecate in the open.

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    Varanasi (or Benaras), the spiritual capital of India, hosts millions of tourists every year. A majority of these tourists visit the city to bathe in the Ganges. Ironically, the river that is considered holy is a polluted health hazard. The ghats (or wide steps on river banks) of Ganges are also highly polluted with plastic, […]

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    Rajni Vaidyanath Salunke lives in the Kishkinda Nagar slum of Pune. She is one of the over 14 lakh people who live in the 500 slum pockets of Pune and who make do with homes that have often been described as squalid, deprived, small, ill-ventilated spaces with no sanitation and as hotbeds of ill health […]

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    One of the most vivid images of the state of sanitation in India was depicted in the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, in which the young protagonist was shown going to his ‘toilet’. If you have seen the movie, you will never be able to forget it. And that was in the heart of urban India […]

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    The initiative aims to reach out to 4,302 cities and over 2.34 lakh community and public toilets that have been reportedly constructed in the country under the mission.

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    These are inspirational people, just like Arunachalam Muruganantham, the Padman

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    The brothers once noticed a middle-aged sanitation worker at a bus stand. What they did next was amazing!

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    Books, clothes, food, money; are usually are donated. Ever thought of donating a toilet? Virendra Mittal, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Jorhat, Assam, has initiated a unique concept called Daan Toilet, wherein toilets can be donated to those households that still follow open defecation. We, at The Better India, spoke to DC Virendra to understand this […]

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    Manual scavenging provides no precautionary or safety measures for its sanitary workers.

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    "I’d really like to connect with campaigners in India to work to end the taboo."

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    The Swachh Bharat Mission was initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2 October 2014, with a resolution to achieve Open Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2 October 2019. The task was not just to build toilets, but to bring about the necessary behavioural change among the community towards open defecation. Given the stipulated time […]

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    Less than 17% of girls and women in rural Maharashtra have access to sanitary pads.

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    Inspired by the young girl’s move the entire film crew joined in the effort and has planned to build 100 toilets in the village.

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    This Women’s Day, let’s talk about toilets.

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    After months of regular visits to the village and constant counselling, Rajshri had 50 villagers by her side who started working on rainwater conservation.

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    28-year-old Vimala Kadam clearly remembers that day in August 2016, when one sight rattled her. She watched in complete horror as a host of elderly citizens formed a serpentine queue. They waited eagerly on one side of the Mudhol-Nippani state highway near Umarani village to cross over to an open-field to defecate. Vimala rushed to […]

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    The 51-year-old Kerala woman accomplished this incredible feat in a record time of just three months!

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