The World Bank has approved a $500 million credit for the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) project in four low income states -- UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam.

Multi-lateral funding agency, the World Bank will provide $500 million loan for water supply and sanitation projects in the rural areas of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to continue its construction ban in 17 green belts of the town, an official said on Sunday.

"The cabinet last evening (Saturday) decided to continue with the ban on construction in the 17 green belts falling within the Shimla Municipal Corporation limits," a government spokesperson told IANS.

BHOPAL: 28% of Madhya Pradesh's urban population lives in slum areas, says the Census 2011 data released by directorate of census, on Thursday. Data released by the directorate say that slum area has been identified in 303 towns out of the total 304 statutory towns, in which 28.34 % of urban population is residing.

Maharashtra accounts for 23 per cent of total slum population, followed by Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal

Just under nine million households, or roughly one-eighth of India’s urban population, lives in a slum, according to data from the latest round of the National Sample Survey released on Tuesday. The number is significantly lower than the 14 million slum households identified by the Census in 2011.

As Delhi heads for polls, some key issues are agitating the common voter although these may not be felt as much by the city’s well-heeled sections. One such issue is water.

Govt ropes in NGOs to spread awareness on sanitation

As World Toilet Day was observed yesterday, the government efforts towards making people improve sanitation by constructing toilets have not borne much fruit. While nearly 50 per cent of the households in J&K continue to remain without toilets, the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Ministry says it will step up the awareness campaign so that people, especially those living in rural areas, set up latrines in their households.

New Delhi: A good number of dalits and tribals may be left out of the ambit of the ambitious Food Security Act, with the socio-economic caste census reporting less number of households of the two c

Less painful now, but future uncertain

The United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) ambitious National Food Security Bill might soon become reality. After getting approval from the Lok Sabha, the Bill is headed for the Upper House of Parliament for approval.

Mumbai: Maharashtra’s child population (age 0-6 years) is on the decline.