Bangalore, Apr 15, 2013: Within the four walls of a room that once housed a small shop, B Nagarathnamma, an Anganwadi worker manages to pack 24 children. The children come in at 10 am and spend six hours at this Anganwadi Centre (AWC) in Chikkaballapur. At any point, if the children wish to answer nature’s call, they have to go to the corner of the street, or wait till they got home. Reason? The centre does not have a toilet.
This AWC is just one of the 36,576 AWCs in the state that lacks sanitation facilities, water supply and other essential infrastructure.
Mangalore, Apr 15, 2013: Urban growth far exceeded water-supply capacity, holding back economic growth, and damaging the natural environment, and most importantly harming health and human welfare.
Bangalore, Apr 9, 2013: To tighten the noose around private unaided schools not implementing the RTE Act provisions, the education department has asked block education officers to provide information on schools that haven't followed the 25% reservation rule under the Right To Education Act. The circular, dated April 5, 2013, was issued after a number of unaided non-minority private schools refused to admit kids under provisions of the Act.
As per the circular, the admission process started on January 5 and all admissions were supposed to be done by March 15.
Bengaluru, Apr 1, 2013: Today, the deadline for compliance with the infrastructure requirements of the Right to Education Act expires, but astoundingly, only 7 per cent of schools across the country meet the eligibility criteria. This means that over 3,00,000 private schools across the country are looking at closure once the deadline has passed, according to the Act. This means that nearly five crore students will be out of school.
According to details published by the NGO, RTE Forum, most states will miss the deadline.
Bangalore, Mar 20, 2013: In our daily lives, we may just turn the shower on and flush the toilet down - and not think about the journey of the water to our shower or from our toilet. However, all of us know that terrible plight when the tap goes dry. So it’s important to engage with this journey of water.
We must keep reminding ourselves that the ultimate source of our water is rain. And so in any place we live, the water that is native to it, the water that was meant for it, is the water the rains bring.
Sanitation is among the most dismal and depressing topics in India, across the country. While sanitation in our cities comes with its own set of problems, rural sanitation in India is stuck a primitive stage where too few people have access toilets.
To promote toilet construction in villages, a ‘Total Sanitation Campaign’ was launched by the Government of India in 1999 where subsidies were given to households to construct individual toilets.
Mangalore, Mar 12, 2013: "Education is the solution to all problems. Let us join hands and help others in obtaining education," said Dr Umesh Aradhya, president of Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
He addressed the gathering during an interaction programme on ‘The right of children to free and compulsory education (RTE) Act of 2009’ held at SDM College on Tuesday March 12.
Upadhya further said, "There are various rights in the Constitution, but still some people are in the dark.This needs urgent attention.
Mangalore, March 1, 2013: Mass Communication and Media Studies students of St Aloysius College here are gearing up to organise a sanitary hygiene awareness drive exclusively for women.
The Department of Mass Communication in association with the Primary Health Centre, Urwa, are organizing the awareness drive on a theme - 'Mahileyaralli Suchitvathe: A Sanitary hygiene awareness drive for women'.
Prisca D'Costa and Tanya Pereira, coordinators, told TOI that the drive will commence at Tannirbavi beach in Bengre village on March 2.
Bangalore, Feb 18, 2013: If you thought the packaged drinking water you consume at home and at work place was safe, think again. In Bangalore city, more than a hundred packaged water units supply water, but, shockingly, half of the units do not follow the quality control norms set by the state government.
During recent inspections of these units, officials of Bangalore Urban district found that 51 units had not obtained licence as per the ISI and the BIS norms. But, strangely, officials have taken action against only five units, by ordering them to shut down.