748 mn people worldwide lack access to clean water: WHO

A total of 748 million people lack access to clean water on a regular basis in the world and an estimated 1.8 billion people are exposed to contaminated water, according to a report released Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Take concrete steps to end open defecation: Gadkari to CMs

Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari has urged all Chief Ministers to take concrete steps to end open defecation in their respective states.

Rajasthan to be open defecation free by 2017: CM Vasundhara Raje

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday said that her government was committed to making the state Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 2017.

Himachal to become 'open defecation free' ahead of target

Himachal is all set to become "open defecation free" (ODF) state before October 2, 2019, the target date of 'Swachh Bharat Mission' of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rajasthan to be free from 'open defecation' in two years: CM

Expressing serious concern over sanitation issue, Rajashtan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday announced that the state would be free from "open defecation" in next two years.

Mere toilet building will not fix sanitation issues: Study

Questioning the "health effect" of government's toilet construction drive to end practice of open defecation in the country, a new study has suggested that the approach should not only meet "international coverage targets" but must aim at improving public health in general.

Bill Gates lauds PM Modi for talking about toilets
Bill Gates lauds PM Modi for talking about toilets

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done more than any other leader since India's independence to create awareness about the need for toilets, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Tuesday.

DNA: India still tops in open defecation

Globally, India continues to be the country with the highest number of people (597 million people) practising open defecation.

Modi to talk about ending open defecation at global festival

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will highlight the need to bring an end to open defecation during an event here that will be attended by over a dozen world leaders including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Toilet construction: Gadkari asks MPs to allocate MPLADS funds

Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari has written to parliamentarians requesting them to allocate funds from their MPLADS for construction of toilets in village homes, schools and anganwadis.

Bihar sets 2019 as target to free state of open defecation

Bihar government on Thursday admitted it has fallen way behind its target of constructing toilets and said a roadmap was being prepared to make the state free from open defecation by 2019.

Bihar sets 2019 as target to free state of open defecation

The Bihar government today admitted it has fallen way behind its target of constructing toilets and said a roadmap was being prepared to make the state free from open defecation by 2019.

67% rural households don`t have access to toilets: Govt

The government today said that over 67 per cent rural households of the country do not have access to toilets as per Census 2011 and that it will review the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) to accelerate the pace of sanitation coverage.

India tops in open defecation: WHO; Minister says a `huge shame`

India still has the largest number of people defecating in open in the world, according to a new UN report prompting the Government to admit it as a "huge shame".

India global capital of open defecation: NGO

With more than 626 million people daily defecating in the open, India is on the verge of becoming the "global capital of open defecation", an NGO said here Monday.

Unicef launches campaign against open defecation

With half of India`s population defecating in the open, the Unicef Monday launched `Take Poo to Loo`, an innovative digital-led campaign focusing on youngsters to put an end to the practice.

South Asia to be open defecation free region by 2023

South Asia, where 65 per cent of the world`s population still defecate openly, will be declared open defecation free region by 2023, a regional conference on sanitation announced here on Thursday.

Open defecation still a curse for India!

Only 19 percent of the population gained access to sanitation facilities since 1995 in India.

No more open defecation in rural Rajasthan`s Tonk

Hajipura village in Rajasthan`s Tonk district is now open defecation free (ODF).

Village in Odisha`s Koraput goes open defecation free

A village in Odisha`s Koraput district has become free of open defecation with each of its 45 families having constructed toilets in their houses.