Kolkata, Mar 24, 2013: Aiming to create a cleaner India, the Garbage Free India (GFI) citizens' movement will flag off its campaign from Kolkata on Tuesday, an organiser said.
A movement of around 80 current and former Kolkatans from diverse professional backgrounds, GFI will be aided by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), private companies and schools in starting cleaning drives across the city.
GFI volunteers will collaborate with students of Chowringhee High School to begin their campaign from the city's Chowringhee Lane area.
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Kolkata, Mar 19, 2013: The Right to Education programme, implemented by the Government in 2009, has failed to move in the right direction.
According to Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Director of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the programme only ensures steady source of livelihood to government teachers.
“The programme is of the teacher, by the teacher and for the teacher.
Kolkata, Mar 5, 2013: Even as the latest Census 2011 data brought to light the grim fact that nearly half of India’s 1.2 billion people have no toilet at home and policymakers pontificate on the need to change “mindsets” to inspire people to use toilets, women employed in scores of rice mills across West Bengal’s Dakshin Dinajpur district launched a movement demanding the right to toilets at their workplace.
Shukla Oraon is a young woman worker of Joardar Rice Mill, which falls under the Gangarampur police station.
Jan 23, 2012: The Gangetic river basin in Eastern India receives heavy monsoon rainfall, much higher than the rest of India. Nonetheless, the region suffers from both the problem of year round water availability as well as poor quality of drinking water. Due to excessive exploitation, the groundwater aquifers in the region have been depleting alarmingly, surface water is highly limited & poorly maintained and consequently cannot count up as a major source of safe drinking water.
Kheyali and Dipayanti
A grade 9 student of Panchagram High School, Ghaighata Block, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, the first rank holder in class with a lot of dreams to excel in life- this is Kheyali who is just 13 years old.
Dipayanti is 14 and she is in Grade 10.
Both Kheyali and Dipayanti share two things in common. They go to the same school and they both are members of the School WATSAN Committee.
Kolkata, Nov. 14, 2012: A Unicef report has revealed that diarrhoea and respiratory infections, caused by poor hygiene standards, are the main triggers behind child deaths in the state.
Kolkata, Oct 2, 2012: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC)'s drive to set up community toilets in the city has received a major setback following objections from various quarters.
Kolkata, Aug 28, 2012: To focus on the girl child denied the basic right to education, the NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) launched a 40-day national citizen photo-journalism campaign Tuesday to highlight issues faced by girls in accessing their right to education.
The theme of the campaign is 'Ichha: A Desire to Learn', which represents countless girls who are denied the basic right to education.
Kolkata, July 16, 2012: For the first time in civic history, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will construct 66 community toilets in the city.
The idea to set up community toilets was mooted by the chief minister, Miss Mamata Banerjee. The ministry of minority affairs has provided Rs 5.94 crore to construct the toilets. She told KMC officials at a meeting held a few months ago that due to lack of toilet facilities women face a lot of problems in the city.
Kolkata, June 28, 2012: Two years after implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, a survey has found that implementing it still poses a challenge in rural West Bengal.
“While doing an intensive field survey in several districts in West Bengal, it has been observed with concern that though the Act is in place, underprivileged children are often being denied of their rights,” the survey conducted by the Child Rights and You (CRY), co-partnered by the West Bengal Education Network (WBEN), said.