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To achieve water and sanitation security, learn from earlier programmes

A recent study by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), ‘Unearthed – Facts of On-Site Sanitation in Urban India (2019) finds in a survey of 10 cities that less than 2% of these comply with the governing technical standards, posing a potential risk to existing water supplies.
For instance, while SBM produced rapid gains in access to toilet facilities, latrines do not mean safe management of wastewater, and they don’t enable reuse of waste water because the majority of urban and rural households depend on on-site sanitation systems.(Manoj Dhaka/HindustanTimes)
For instance, while SBM produced rapid gains in access to toilet facilities, latrines do not mean safe management of wastewater, and they don’t enable reuse of waste water because the majority of urban and rural households depend on on-site sanitation systems.(Manoj Dhaka/HindustanTimes)
Updated on Nov 13, 2019 07:55 PM IST
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ByShubhagato Dasgupta, Anindita Mukherjee and Neha Agarwal

Podcast: Yamini Aiyar on the Hits and Misses of Modi’s Welfare Agenda

This week on the Grand Tamasha podcast, Milan Vaishnav (Director of the South Asia programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) sits down with Yamini Aiyar (President and CEO of the Centre for Policy Research) to discuss the Modi government’s approach to welfare.
Updated on Oct 23, 2019 11:13 AM IST
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Green norms for project expansion could be relaxed

It has also exempted projects with a proposed capacity expansion up to 40% from the requirement of public consultations, with certain riders.
The environment ministry is considering a number of relaxations in the environment impact assessment (EIA) process that is carried out for development projects, including mining, before they are given the go-ahead(Hindustan Times)
The environment ministry is considering a number of relaxations in the environment impact assessment (EIA) process that is carried out for development projects, including mining, before they are given the go-ahead(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 30, 2019 07:09 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Environmental rules for expansion of projects may be relaxed

All projects concerning national defence and security or involving “other strategic considerations” as determined by the Centre will be assessed.
The new notification draft is an effort to reconcile several government and court orders and amendments issued over the years, said a government official.(HT image)
The new notification draft is an effort to reconcile several government and court orders and amendments issued over the years, said a government official.(HT image)
Updated on Sep 28, 2019 06:48 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByJayshree Nandi

Public school teachers in Delhi are mismanaged: Study

The study exposed how public school teachers were overburdened with tasks such as keeping records and responding to official mails and circulars, among others.
There are 1,024 government-run schools in the city, offering education up to class 12.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT File Photo)
There are 1,024 government-run schools in the city, offering education up to class 12.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2019 05:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByVatsala Shrangi and Fareeha Iftikhar

‘Don’t give tree cutting permit for AIIMS revamp’

The premier medical institute has roped in the National Buildings Constructions Corporation (NBCC India) to redevelop its Ayur Vigyan Nagar complex on August Kranti Marg to construct more flats for its staff.
In February this year, the project got the environmental clearance from the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change.(HT Photo)
In February this year, the project got the environmental clearance from the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2019 05:52 AM IST
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How representative are our representatives?

According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), nearly a fifth or 19% of the close to 8,000 candidates contesting the 2019 polls have criminal cases pending against them, while 29% have assets worth Rs 1 crore or more. Candidates are also far richer than the voters they represent. For example, 50% candidates contesting the 2019 elections own net assets worth less than Rs 23.1 lakh.
“If campaigns must be self-financed, then candidates may view contesting elections as an investment rather than a sunk cost, leading to greater levels of corruption in office as legislators try to recoup the costs of contesting elections.”(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
“If campaigns must be self-financed, then candidates may view contesting elections as an investment rather than a sunk cost, leading to greater levels of corruption in office as legislators try to recoup the costs of contesting elections.”(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2019 10:24 PM IST
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Green nods eased in 5 years of NDA govt: Official data

Industry bodies have welcomed the simplification of rules, documented in the compilation published by the environment ministry last Tuesday, but environmental experts say ecological concerns have, in the process, been overlooked.
Industry executives accept that in the past five years the government has tried to standardise and simplify the process of granting environmental clearances.
Industry executives accept that in the past five years the government has tried to standardise and simplify the process of granting environmental clearances.
Updated on May 13, 2019 08:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Podcast: Hindi heartland votes; and Niranjan Rajadhyaksha on Modi economy

This week on the Grand Tamasha podcast Neelanjan Sircar joins Milan Vaishnav to discuss the epic electoral battle in the crucial heartland state of Uttar Pradesh and whether recent state election results are a good barometer for how those states will behave in national elections.
Updated on May 07, 2020 09:59 PM IST
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Green impact assessment body defunct for one year, activists demand reconstitution

Experts and activists have urged the Delhi government to form the new SEIAA at the earliest. The SEIAA of Delhi expired in April 2018 and has since not been reconstituted
“We received the environment clearance in February 2017. We have been regularly submitting reports to a monitoring cell formed by the SEIAA,” said a senior official of the DTTDC.(HT PHOTO)
“We received the environment clearance in February 2017. We have been regularly submitting reports to a monitoring cell formed by the SEIAA,” said a senior official of the DTTDC.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 22, 2019 08:14 AM IST
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Timber production forests find place in Forest Act draft

The ministry has drafted a policy for public-private partnership (PPPs) to develop plantations in “degraded” forests.
The state government also has the right to impose cess or taxes on the forest land used for such production.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The state government also has the right to impose cess or taxes on the forest land used for such production.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Apr 14, 2019 03:56 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Swachh Bharat Mission gains have come at a cost

Coercive and threatening tactics were used in all of the states to compel people to build and use latrines.
An open defecation free village near Gwalior. Sustainably reducing open defecation in rural India would reduce the number of babies who die and would improve the physical and cognitive development of surviving children .(Umesh Singh/HT File)
An open defecation free village near Gwalior. Sustainably reducing open defecation in rural India would reduce the number of babies who die and would improve the physical and cognitive development of surviving children .(Umesh Singh/HT File)
Updated on Jan 22, 2019 07:57 AM IST
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BySangita Vyas

Air pollution: India waking up, but there’s a long way to go

After our initial, reactive steps, we must now take the fight forward by building public engagement and political pressure, says the Centre for Policy Research.
India’s air quality presents a major public health crisis. The health risks are pervasive and deep, affect healthy and vulnerable people, and are particularly harmful for our children.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
India’s air quality presents a major public health crisis. The health risks are pervasive and deep, affect healthy and vulnerable people, and are particularly harmful for our children.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 22, 2018 10:34 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNavroz K Dubash, Shibani Ghosh and Santosh Harish

Delhi has a complex air pollution problem

At least 4 sectors — industry, transport, biomass and waste burning, and dust — are substantial contributors to pollution in Delhi-NCR, according to analysis led by the Centre for Policy Research.
Air pollution is a multi-headed problem. Solutions need to be tailored to specific characterstics of pollution sources.(HT File)
Air pollution is a multi-headed problem. Solutions need to be tailored to specific characterstics of pollution sources.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 22, 2018 11:26 PM IST
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ByNavroz K Dubash and Sarath Guttikunda

Activists see red over green scrutiny waiver for real estate projects

Policy analysts and green activists have slammed a government notification that exempts real estate projects with a built-up area of up to 50,000 square metres from the environment impact assessment (EIA) process and from having to obtain a prior environmental clearance,saying the move was irresponsible and regressive.
Housings and Commercial Real Estate, construction projects in Mumbai.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Housings and Commercial Real Estate, construction projects in Mumbai.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Updated on Nov 19, 2018 08:10 AM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi

River Ganga may get armed guards with powers to arrest polluters

The draft National River Ganga Bill 2018 has proposed the setting up of an armed ‘Ganga Protection Corps’, with the powers to arrest offenders who pollute it, to keep the river clean and help in its rejuvenation, according to government documents and people familiar with the matter.
The corps will be raised by the ministry of home affairs as demanded by the National Ganga Council.(AFP/Picture for representation)
The corps will be raised by the ministry of home affairs as demanded by the National Ganga Council.(AFP/Picture for representation)
Updated on Nov 01, 2018 09:18 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Steps need to be taken to make campuses socially inclusive : Study

The study finds that while social diversity is a part of campus life, disparities in academic integration in classrooms and the teacher-learning process still remained.
The study noted that compared to others, scheduled caste and scheduled tribe students were more likely to be the first in their families or first generation higher education learners(HT PHOTO)
The study noted that compared to others, scheduled caste and scheduled tribe students were more likely to be the first in their families or first generation higher education learners(HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 29, 2018 02:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmandeep Shukla

Condos are not safe, say residents

The gated housing societies are perceived as safe spaces as they offer more security to residents. However, despite the presence of added security, instances of crime against women continue to be reported from here.
The gated housing societies are perceived as safe spaces as they offer more security to residents. However, despite the presence of added security, instances of crime against women continue to be reported from here.(Reuters)
The gated housing societies are perceived as safe spaces as they offer more security to residents. However, despite the presence of added security, instances of crime against women continue to be reported from here.(Reuters)
Published on Sep 22, 2018 02:17 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | BySadia Akhtar

Saplings not watered, govt orders action

During Thursday’s inspection, the minister observed that while overall, the plantation showed normal growth, in some pockets, it appeared that the saplings were not adequately watered and taken care of.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal after planting a sapling during the launch of a mass plantation drive at Yamuna flood plains.(Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal after planting a sapling during the launch of a mass plantation drive at Yamuna flood plains.(Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 21, 2018 01:19 AM IST
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‘New draft coastal zone rules a cause of concern’

India has a 7,500km coastline that supports about 30% of the country’s population.
Policemen keep a close watch on the coastline of Mumbai City in Dadar area.(HT File Photo)
Policemen keep a close watch on the coastline of Mumbai City in Dadar area.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2018 10:27 PM IST
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