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.
As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of house for all in next seven years, the Centre has enhanced unit cost for building dwellings under Indira Awas Yojna by Rs 25,000 by including labour and toilet components, Union minister of State for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Upendra Kushwaha said on Thursday.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday asked states to prepare an action plan for construction of toilets for girls in all government schools by July next year in keeping with the goal set up Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s call, the Chhattisgarh government will be constructing nearly one lakh "pucca" toilets in next three months, with the state government already having drafted a plan for the purpose.
Lucknow, with a population of nearly three million and the capital of India`s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, doesn`t have any public toilets for women and has a toilet for every 58,844 people, a Right to Information (RTI) application has revealed.
While all politicians like to be seen everywhere ahead of elections, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray is unhappy with a poster of his put atop an air-conditioned toilet in Kandivli (East).
A woman in Bihar has left her husband`s house after her in-laws failed to construct a toilet. She has returned to her parents` house and made it clear that she will not return until the toilet is built.
While the Badaun gang-rape incident has brought into focus the issue of providing toilets, the Home Ministry has asked state governments and UTs to give priority to setting up clean and secure lavatories for women police personnel at work place.
Moved by the plight of a woman who has been waging a war within her family and threatening to divorce her husband for a toilet, Sulabh International has decided to build a modern toilet for the family at their residence in Sadeshopur in Patna district and give her cash award.
The defence team of Oscar Pistorius is reportedly trying to reinforce its case that the Paralympic sprinter fatally shot his girlfriend in a tragic error of judgment by using witness accounts of a panicked Pistorius begging for help and his desperate pleas for Reeva Steenkamp to stay alive.
The cricket bat with which Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius had used to break down the toilet door the night he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, reportedly has the signature of South African legend Herschelle Gibbs displayed on it.