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Over 83.9 million toilets constructed under Swachh Bharat Mission

New Delhi, Sep 14 (UNI) Over 83.9 million household toilets have been constructed under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
As a result, 19 States/Union Territories, 447 districts, and approximately 440,000 villages have declared themselves as free from open defecation, officials of the Ministry of Drinking water and .Sanitation have said.
Since the inception of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) program, the rural sanitation coverage of India has increased significantly, from 39 per cent in October 2014 to over 92 per cent as of end of August 2018, Mr Parameswaran Iyer (IAS), Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation said during a briefing session held here on Thursday evening on the upcoming Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC).
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The number of people practicing open defecation in rural India has gone down from 550 million in 2014, to less than 150 million today, they said.
The Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC) is a four-day international conference scheduled to be held here from September 29-October 2.
The convention will bring together ministers and other leaders from over 50 countries around the world in order to both showcase India's progress and learn about the best Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices across the globe.
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Jyotiraditya Scindia named chairman of screening comm for Maharashtra

22 Aug 2019 | 10:47 PM

New Delhi, Aug 22 (UNI) Congress leader and AICC General secretary incharge for Uttar Pradesh west Jyotiraditya Scindia was on Thursday named as chairman of the screening committee for the Maharashtra assembly polls,
The six member screening committee, approved by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, includes as its members PCC chief Bslasaheb Thorat, AICC General secretary incharge for Maharashtra Mallikarjun Kharge and State CLP leader K C Padavi, AICC General secretary K C Venugopal said.

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Culture minister Prahlad Singh Patel launches ‘the Diary of Manu Gandhi’

Culture minister Prahlad Singh Patel launches ‘the Diary of Manu Gandhi’

22 Aug 2019 | 10:34 PM

New Delhi, Aug 22 (UNI) Culture minister Prahlad Singh Patel on Thursday launched 'the Diary of Manu Gandhi’ (1943-44), a book that chronicles Mahatma Gandhi's grand niece (1943-44) Manu Gandhi's (Mridula) life and times with the Mahatma.

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Law is catching up with Chidambaram, says BJP

Law is catching up with Chidambaram, says BJP

22 Aug 2019 | 9:38 PM

New Delhi, Aug 22 (UNI) Shortly after CBI court sent senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram to five-day custody, the BJP on Thursday said law is catching up with the Congress party under whose regime the country has experienced 'one corruption a day'.

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Rajiv got full majority in 1984 but never used power to create atmosphere of fear: Sonia

Rajiv got full majority in 1984 but never used power to create atmosphere of fear: Sonia

22 Aug 2019 | 9:32 PM

New Delhi, Aug 22 (UNI) In a veiled attack against the Narendra Modi-led Union government, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said that her husband Rajiv Gandhi too had got full majority in the 1984 Lok Sabha election but "he never used powers to create an atmosphere of fear or to destroy the freedom and liberty of the people".

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With Chidambaram in its custody, CBI to widen FIPB probe

With Chidambaram in its custody, CBI to widen FIPB probe

22 Aug 2019 | 9:11 PM

New Delhi, Aug 22 (UNI) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to expand its probe in the INX Media case after a Delhi Court on Thursday granted police custody of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the case till August 26 to the probe agency.

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