sulabh swatchh bharat

Friday, 20-October-2017



4 weeks ago
Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar recently told officials to find a way to ban glass bottles on beaches as shack owners suggested that drinks should only be served in cans on beaches. “Considering the demand from beach shack operators to ban the supply of drinks in glass bottles on the beaches, the Minister has directed the Tourism Department to work out a mechanism to bring in the necessary measures within the ambit of the law,” a spokesperson for the Tourism Ministry told reporters. Ajgaonkar, at a meeting with the Shack Owners Welfare Society, also said that public conveniences like toilets, cha...


4 weeks ago
After announcing a ban on swimming on Goa’s beaches after sunset, a meeting of tourism industry stakeholders chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday ordered the police to crack down on cooking in public by tourist groups, claiming it was unhygienic and resulted in garbage being strewn in public areas. Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told IANS that at the meeting, which comprised of representatives from state government agencies as well as tourism and travel industry stakeholders, a decision was also taken to undertake a massive awareness drive to make tourists aware of the perils of swimming in the s...


4 weeks ago
A day after a huge portion of a landfill in east Delhi’s Ghazipur collapsed leading to two deaths, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on last Saturday banned dumping of solid waste at the site. Baijal held an emergency meeting for immediate measures to be taken in view of the incident of garbage slide at Ghazipur landfill and ordered an immediate halt to dumping of solid waste at the landfill and clearing the site within two years. “The LG directed that no more dumping of solid waste and any other kind of silt would take place at the Ghazipur landfill site. The East MCD would be sending its collected dump to...


6 weeks ago
To ensure that no untreated sewage flows into the Ganga, the government has finalised modalities and awarded work to construct sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the Hindu holy cities of Varanasi and Haridwar, an official statement said last week. The two plants will be built on “hybrid annuity”-based public private partnership in which the development, operation and maintenance of the STPs will be undertaken by the winning bidder, said the Water Resources Ministry release. Under the model, 40 per cent of the capital cost quoted would be paid on completion of construction while the remaining 60 per cent ...


6 weeks ago
Chinese scientists said they have developed a super steel that has a high level of both strength and ductility, a breakthrough that may have a wide variety of industrial applications. Furthermore, its material cost is just one-fifth of that of the steel used in the current aerospace and defence applications, they reported in the US journal Science.  Strength and ductility are desirable properties of metallic materials for wide-ranging applications, but increasing strength often leads to the decrease in ductility, which is known as the strength-ductility trade-off. A Hong Kong-Beijing-Taiwan mechanical e...


6 weeks ago
The ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ has led to several innovations related to cleanliness in recent days. Here is another one; the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department, SDM Polytechnic College in Ujire near Mangalore, has designed an easy-to- operate dustbin for buses. The project has been developed under the guidance of Dharmadikari of Dharmasthala, Dr D Veerendra Heggade and secretaries of SDM Educational Society D Harshendra Kumar and Dr B Yashovarma. This is ideal for the government as well as private buses and the trial bin was fixed in one of the buses in the Dharmastala depot under the Karnataka Sta...
iaf-and-bsf -joint-camel-expedition


7 weeks ago
The Indian Air Force recently embarked upon an all women camel expedition along with the Border Security Force from Utarlai (Barmer, Rajasthan) to Attari (Amritsar, Punjab). The expedition will be 2 months long. The team was flagged off from Air Force Station at Uttarlai. The expedition is planned with a team of 10 Women Air Warriors of the IAF and 10 Women personnel from the BSF.  The team of 10 IAF women Air Warriors are led by Sqn Ldr Anioushka Lomas and is attempting this unique feat in desert areas of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab. Earlier in the year 2011, IAF had made history by hoisting the tricolour and the ...


7 weeks ago
At the first stage, affordable emergency clinics are going to be set up in major stations like Mumbai Central, Bandra, Andheri, and Churchgate, and will eventually be established at all 24 stations located on the Western Railway line.  Cost effective ‘one rupee clinic’ will be set up for commuters travelling on Mumbai’s Western line. It will first open at 10 railway stations.  In a short duration of three months, the eight such clinics set up at the Central and Harbour line stations have seen over 17,000 visitors. The first clinic was opened at the Ghatkopar railway station in May this y...


7 weeks ago
India has a huge potential for consumption of organic products and attempts should be made by progressive farmers to promote it, said NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant. “Some should become great organic farmers. India needs a couple of success stories. If farmers get better unit realisation value, many will emulate it. Sikkim has done outstanding work in the field of organic farming. I even found that Kiwi (fruit) from Arunachal Pradesh was of better quality than that in New Zealand,” he said in an event marked to release a report on organic farming.  “As per the study conducted by the Internat...

Higher seas to flood US cities: Study

12 weeks ago
Higher sea levels due to climate change will flood hundreds of US cities including New York, Boston, San Francisco and Miami, in the next 20, 50 or 80 years, according to a study.The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a study Wednesday listing the cities that will be inundated with water in the years to come, with inundation defined as a “non-wetland area is flooded at least 26 times per year or the equivalent of a flood every other week”, reports SSB. “Between 165 and 180 chronically inundated communities in just the next 15 to 20 years; between 270 and 360 in roughly 40 years, depending on the pace of sea level rise; and 490 by end of century wit...

Do not engage manual scavengers: madras High Court

12 weeks ago
Holding that manual scavenging was prima facie a contravention of human rights and the right to live with dignity as per the Constitution, the Madras High Court today directed the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to ensure that there was no engagement of manual scavengers. The first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar gave the direction on a PIL filed by Safai Karmachari Andolan of Chennai. The bench said, “Section 7 of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 bars persons from engagement or employment for hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.” It said, “It is true that those e...

Northern Territory dunnies among  world’s best

12 weeks ago
The best loo with a view award was given to the picturesque toilet perched over a cliff on the Cobourg Peninsula in Garig Gunak Barlu National. And Kathleen Buzzacott Art Studio in Alice Springs was the joint winner of best design.“A good public toilet had a ‘trickle-down effect’ into the local economy, by enticing tourists to stop and look around said Judge Bronwyn White. She said the Cobourg toilet was a clear standout.“To be able to sit on the toilet and be able to watch the crocodiles and nature — there’s no other toilet like it,” Ms White said.“Someone said it’s like watching a live National Geographic show from the t...