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South Sudan civilians reduced to scavengers on swamp islands

Last Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014, 16:01

As the narrow dugout canoe glides softly across the vast swamplands around Nyal, a once sleepy town in South Sudan`s Unity state, the only sound between the rhythmic plops of the paddle is silence.

All unhygienic toilets to be demolished: Minister

Last Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013, 16:11

The President recently gave his assent to the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012.

Parliament passes bill against manual scavenging

Last Updated: Saturday, September 07, 2013, 19:15

A bill seeking to prohibit employment of individuals as manual scavengers by prescribing stringent punishment, including imprisonment up to five years, to those employing such labour was passed by Parliament on Saturday.

‘Narendra Modi govt for Dalits as priests’

Last Updated: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 09:27

Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government has come forward with a unique idea of training manual scavengers in Hindu religious rituals, a leading newspaper reported on Saturday.

`Centre has asked states to rehabilitate manual scavengers`

Last Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 18:50

Centre has directed all the states to provide alternate employment to those involved in manual scavenging so that they can leave the "dirty job", Union Minister Krishna Tirath said on Thursday.

Govt trying to find out numbers of manual scavengers

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 13:37

States have informed the Centre that they don`t have the "problem" of manual scavenging but the latest Census suggests otherwise and the Government is trying to find out their numbers.

`NE should prioritise issues of rehab of manual scavengers`

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 15:40

Wasnik said that north-eastern should prioritise issue like unsanitary latrines and rehabilitation of manual scavengers.

NGO helps rehabilitate women manual scavengers

Last Updated: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 18:50

Earlier, they removed human excreta with their hands and were shunned by society as `untouchables` but after being encouraged to develop vocational skills they now live with dignity.

Once ostracised by society, manual scavengers tour Parliament

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 23:36

It was an unforgettable moment for 300 women who used to work as manual scavengers as they entered the precincts of Parliament to get an experience of the Lok Sabha today for the first time.

Nod to extension in timeline for scavengers` rehabilitation

Last Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 20:52

The government today extended by a year the time-frame for coverage of remaining beneficiaries under the Central Sector Self Employment Scheme for rehabilitation of manual scavengers.