J. Venkatesan

NEW DELHI: Chairman of Law Commission Justice A.R. Lakshmanan has written to the Union government to take up with six State governments the issue of manual scavenging still prevalent in their States and to ask them to enforce the ban.

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Meira Kumar launched a self-employment scheme for rehabilitation of manual scavengers and their dependents at Dilshad Garden in East Delhi on Thursday. Asserting that her government was commitment to rehabilitation of all manual scavengers and their dependents by March 2009, Ms. Dikshit said the new scheme would put an end to the menace of scavenging.

Mayor Gavin Newsom is competitive about many things, garbage included. When the city found out a few weeks ago that it was keeping 70 percent of its disposable waste out of local landfills, he embraced the statistic the way other mayors embrace winning sports teams, improved test scores or declining crime rates. Workers sort plastics at the San Francisco Recycling Center. The city, with 7,800 tons of waste a day, keeps 70 percent of it out of landfills. Mayor Gavin Newsom is shooting for 75 percent. But the city wants more.

shakuntala, 60, of Chamarpura village in Moradabad district in Uttar Pradesh continues to carry her traditional occupation of manual scavenging. She has no other alternative. On March 18, 2007, the

It is still a common belief that tigers in the wild will eat only creatures that they kill themselves. The first part of this paper gives a review of case histories of scavenging tigers to disprove that false opinion. This knowledge make the management of tigers in the wild easier with the possibility of a carcass-baiting tool and enables to hinder poachers from using the same. The second part of this paper draws attention to related aspects of the man-eating problem. This might be useful for better understanding and further discussions of the matter.

Thirty years after banning manual scavenging under the Night Soil Carrying System Abolition Act, Karnataka is still a fair way away from flushing it out of the system. On April 25, 2003, though, a minuscule step was taken in this direction when the Bangal

Sanitation for urban India means building flush toilets and linking them to sewer systems. But the price of chasing this dream is leading to an environmental catastrophe. MANOJ NADKARNI analyses our flush and forget mindset

We need to go back to the drawing board to reinvent a green toilet. If necessary, to go back to our past and find technological innovations that are sustainable and equitable. So that every Indian can have access to sanitation and still have clean water t

The flush toilet system and the sewage system, which goes with modern day personal hygiene and cleanliness, are part of the environmental problem and not the solution. Consider the huge amount of clean water that is used to carry a small quantity of human

The decline in vulture population creates problems for the Parsee community