Inadequate sanitation costs India 53.8 billion USD in 2006

Inadequate sanitation costs India 53.8 billion USD in 2006

Lack of toilets in India have an economic impact equivalent to about 6.4% of the country's GDP in 2006, reports the Water and Sanitation Programme.

Govt goes all out to end manual scavenging

In a bid to bring an end to the inhuman practice, government plans to spend Rs. 6,000 crore for rehabilitation of safai karamcharis.

Punjab villagers to pay power bills at the cost of their kidneys

Bahona residents in Moga district seek authorities' permission to sell their kidneys to pay electricity bills for the village waterworks.

Discrepancies observed in data on toilets

Different government departments release varying figures of rural households not having toilets. 

Goa's ecology recovering following mining ban

Environmental conditions of Goa improve after mining ban in the state two years ago, finds survey.

Bangloreans to pay more for water

Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board to decide on water tariff hike in two days. Considers four options to bring a reasonable hike in the rates.

NGT orders action against firms polluting Ulhas river

Directs Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to act against industries causing pollution to Ulhas river running from Karjat to Thane creek.

TN govt postpones public hearing on coastal management plan

Fishermen and residents force postponement complaining of inaccuracies in the plan

NGT directs Haryana govt to give details on steps taken in garbage disposal case

National Green Tribunal orders Haryana government to provide fresh details of steps taken by the state to settle the issue of discharge of untreated waste at Khalilpur village in Gurgaon.

This is the roundup of important news for November 19, 2013.

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The Hindu, The Times of India, Down to Earth, Zee News
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