The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Approving additional funds, the Cabinet said the money released should be used only to make payments to safai karamcharis, including their salaries," an official statement said.
On Wednesday, Kejriwal met a delegation of safai karamcharis and asked the three MCDs to explain what they were doing with funds allocated to them by the Delhi government, following complaints over unpaid wages.
Kejriwal had said that the Delhi government was paying the three MCDs more money than what was paid by previous governments ...
Indian corporates, Non-Resident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin have committed more than $5 billion for the development of ghats, fronts, crematoria and parks along the banks of River Ganga. Various MoUs, including innovative technologies for river cleaning were also signed related to the initiatives.
According to the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways, there are projects worth more than Rs 10,000 crore for development of ghats, crematoria, water bodies, parks, sanitation facilities, public amenities and river front which need additional funding.
Projects worth over Rs 2,500 crore, ...
"We have completed the inquiry into the incident and the report has been sent to the Director - Education. Now it is for the Director to decide on the report," an official of the Education Department in Tiruvallur told IANS over phone.
According to him, some girl students were asked to clean the school toilets, failing which, they were threatened they would be sent out of the school.
The official said as per the inquiry report, the alleged incident had been proved to have happened.
He said the school teachers said on the day when the alleged incident happened, the re...
"This will enable the women vendors to earn livelihood through some other means of earning, far away from the city," he said on the sidelines of a function commissioning a garbage truck donated by the State Bank of India to the Imphal Municipal Corporation.
In Manipur, all markets are exclusively run by women.
Biren Singh said: "The squatting women vendors are obstructing traffic and pedestrians in the fast growing city. With the bank loans the vendors could start weaving, rearing of ducks and hens and the like and do the business elsewhere.
"In such ...
According to the survey, most of the widows are above 50 years of age and had their blood pressure level above the normal mark (120/80 to 140/90).
"Majority of the widows had their blood pressure level around 174/97, 189/93, 159/99 and so on which clearly states that they have hypertension problems," said the survey, part of a free health medical camp organised by Polo Foundation, an NGO working in health and education, in collaboration with Sulabh International, which has been looking after social welfare of nearly 800 widows in the Hindu holy town in Uttar Pradesh.
According to the All I...
So far this year, the scenic area has received 11.92 million yuan ($1 million) as part of the project, reports Xinhua news agency.
A portion of the investment, worth 1.28 million yuan, has been used to upgrade 32 toilets around the lake, and the rest is being used to install 13 environmentally friendly toilets and 11 unisex toilets, said Zhang Shengxiang, head of the business management department of the Qinghai Lake tourism company, which is in charge of the area's tourism investment and development.
Qinghai Lake is China's largest inland and biggest saltwater lake.
As stubble burning increases and spreads across districts of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, satellite images showed cases of crop-residue burning in north Delhi towards Haryana border where farming community resides.
While the incidents of residue burning escaped the monitoring of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), which is responsible to check such cases within Delhi, officials say that appropriate action will be taken.
"We have not noticed any such cases and it should not be there... however we will check the incidents... If satellite images are showing this, then there is poss...
The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) will hold the meeting with the governments of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in this regard.
Earlier this month, as air pollution reached its threshold around Delhi and NCR, the EPCA had to impose emergency steps thereby ordering restrictions proposed under Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) as immediate remedies to control the pollution.
However, while the National Green Tribunal (NGT) earlier this month ordered for by default imposition of required restrictions under GRAP depending on the severity of air pollution, the EPCA is ...
"India is the second largest firecracker manufacturer in the world, next to China.
"However its share in the global trade is nothing as transshipment facilities once extended by Sri Lanka has been stopped," K. Mariapan, Secretary, Tanfama told IANS.
"We have to go for transshipment as big/mother vessels do not call on Tuticorin Port due to its low depth," Mariappan added.
He said the Indian industry used to export around five per cent of its production to countries like South Africa.
If the Indian ports have deep depth then mother ...
As many as 93,537 "bio-digesters" -- as the toilets are called --have been installed in mainline express and mail trains by the Indian Railways. These are small-scale sewage-treatment systems beneath the toilet seat: Bacteria in a compost chamber digests human excreta, leaving behind water and methane. Only the water, disinfected later, is let out on the tracks.
However, sanitation experts and various studies -- including those commissioned by the railways -- have pointed out that most of the new "bio-toilets" are ineffective or ill maintained and the water discharged is no better than ...
The run was flagged off on November 5 in Goa. It moved on to Belagavi, Hubballi, Mangaluru and Bengaluru.
After the run, the participants helped run a cleanliness drive in each city.
"We are absolutely delighted with the response from the participants, given the importance of the run," Kargil war hero and and country's first blade runner Major D.P. Singh said.
The Education Department is said to have issued orders to teachers of government high schools to check open defecation in the morning and evening hours as well as to create public awareness against it and the health benefits of the use of proper toilets.
Teachers unions have opposed the order and demanded its recall.
An association of middle school teachers has announced that its members will not perform the assigned tasks.
"We demand that the state government revoke the order without delay," an association leader said.
Officials said it wa...