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HindustanTimes Mon,22 Dec 2014

 India

MP: Debt-ridden farmer ends life

A debt-ridden farmer in Badigaon village in Khargone district of MP committed suicide on Sunday night. So far, seven farmers have committed suicide in Khargone district in the last two years because of debt.

Failure of spy agencies in three countries resulted in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks: Report

In a glaring intelligence failure, spy agencies in the US, Britain and India failed to join the dots gathered during high-tech surveillance which could have averted the 26/11 attacks, an investigative report said.

10 years on, tsunami warning stumbles at the 'last mile'

For millions in coastal areas, warnings don't always get through, thanks to bureaucratic confusion and geography. In the most vulnerable areas, infrastructure is wanting, and many lack the basic knowledge to keep themselves safe from the deadly waves.

Dense fog envelops Delhi; flights, trains disrupted

Over 30 flights were delayed and several trains were running late as a blanket of fog enveloped Delhi and nearby regions Monday morning. The minimum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 4.2 degrees Celsius.

Riding the hashtag trend

India's social media users - like users globally - have certainly taken to the hashtag, with topics they trend on spanning sports, celebrities, entertainment, major events and big social issues.

Nursery admissions: Delhi schools bend quota norm

In the absence of any guidelines from the directorate of education on nursery admissions, Delhi schools are interpreting the clause on their discretionary quota as per their convenience.

BJP MPs among 200 yet to adopt villages

More than two months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY) and asked MPs to adopt villages for their holistic development, nearly 200 MPs are dragging their feet.

Delhi: 3 die trying to keep warm on coldest day

Three men died of carbon monoxide poisoning in south Delhi's Hauz Khas area on Sunday morning after being suffocated by the fumes of an angeethi (traditional brazier) lit the previous night, the police said.

Govt in no rush to bring in anti-conversion law, says consensus needed

The RSS and the BJP have tried to use the political row over forced religious conversions to raise the pitch for an anti-conversion bill, but the government is in no mood to oblige them immediately.

RSS chief asks Hindus to collect money for tribals

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday called upon Hindus in Delhi to contribute funds and extend financial assistance to tribals so they wouldn't be 'lured' to Christianity.

Highway toll may be exempted for pvt vehicles

The Nitin Gadkari-led road transport and highways ministry's plan to spare buses and non-commercial vehicles from paying toll would cost the exchequer Rs. 27,000 crore over a five-year period between 2014 and 2019.

BMC doesn’t support us, say waste pickers

The first step to a cleaner city is taken by the waste pickers, who collect garbage from your home every day. But these waste pickers – an informal sector in the solid waste management system – have no financial support and are not trained by the municipal corporation.

From cleaning toilets to tracks, they do it all

Rohidas Apte, 28, dressed in a grimy blue uniform, puts on his protective gloves as he kneels down to scrub off yet another paan stain on a platform at Dadar (West) station. Apte is one of the 25 employees a contractor, who has been awarded the tender to keep the station clean.

‘Sweeping streets a thankless job’ 

At 30 years of age, Rishabh (name changed on request), works for more than seven hours every day cleaning  every road assigned to him in Andheri besides collecting and carrying it to garbage vans. In his 6-year-old sweeping career, he says he has rarely come across a word of encouragement from citizens.

Cleaning sewers while stuck in a time warp

In 1988, an extensive survey on the working procedure of sewer workers carried out by the Occupational Health and Safety Centre, Bombay, revealed their outdated methods such as the candle test to check for any poisonous gases inside manholes.
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