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28th March- The Hindu Editorial - Part-1 (in Hindi)
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  3. Slow on sanitation Policymakers have failed to use technological advances made in treating faecal sludge UBHODESP

  4. The tragic death of six people who entered a septic tank in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur town is a grim reminder that sanitation remains a low- priority area despite the high political profile of Swachh Bharat. Public understanding of the science of managing septic tanks continues to be poor, and the availability of cheap labour to clean these structures has slowed efforts to develop technologies that can safely remove and transport the waste. Sanitation thusremains a challenge in thousands of unsewered towns UBHODESP

  5. What sets the incident apart from the several instances of people dying of asphyxiation in the tanks is that some of the victims were the owners of the property and not workers. Three people collapsed while inspecting their residential septic tank, and others who tried to save them also perished It confirms Tamil Nadu's abysmal overall record at raising sanitation standards UBHODESP

  6. Since 1993_when the first law was passed against manual cleaning, there were at least 144 worker deaths in Tamil Nadu as of November 2018, according to official data reported to the Centre for grant of compensation. Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab also fared badly with a cumulative toll of 146 lives lost during that period. But this is obviously a gross underestimate, since the Safai Karmachari Andolan, which has litigated in the Supreme Court seeking to aggressively prosecute offenders, contends that septic tank cleaning claimed nearly 1,500 lives between 2014 and 2016. More reports of deaths continue to come in. UBHODESP

  7. Every death of a manual worker represents a crime, since the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 makes the use of such labour to clean septic tanks an offence punishable with imprisonment of two years or with a fine of 2 lakh or both even in the first instance. If State governments are reluctantto prosecute offenders, they are also slow to adopt newer technologies such as Faecal Sludge Treatment Plants (FSTP), which can be combined with omniprocessors for safe treatment of waste. For the task of cleaning the tanks, indigenous innovation in robotics looks promising UBHODESP

  8. But the pace of tech. adoption will depend on the priority that governments accord to the long-neglected problem. This is a task that deserves the highest importance, and needs to be completed on deadline. What happened in Sriperumbudur highlights the heavy price that communities pay for the lack of scientific sanitation. If governments remain apathetic, citizens would expect the courts to step in to uphold the law against manual scavenging and make individual departments accountable. The science on sanitation has advanced, and policy must urgently catch up. UBHODESP

  9. Saving Jet With the airline landing in the laps of banks, the challenge now is to quickly find a buyer UBHODESP

  10. The tragic heroes of the anti-IS war Despite their historical role in destroying the IS Caliphate, the Kurds face risks of further aggression than recognition UBHODESP

  11. All this does not mean that the war against the IS is over. It still has its sympathisers, active members and sleeper cells in many parts of West Asia Besides, it has branches in other countries which include Afghanistan, the Philippines, Nigeria and Libya. But the neo-Caliphate announced by the group's leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, from the pulpit of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in 2014 - which had erased the Iraqi-Syrian border and lured tens of thousands of youth from across the world - no longer exists. UBHODESP

  12. Armenia Azerbaijan Turkey Syria Iraq Turkey wants to create a buffer between its border and the Syrian Kurdistan. It has also threatened to attack the Syrian Kurdish militias, calling them a "terrorist army" UBHODESP

  13. The Syrian government has repeatedly vowed that it will retake every inch of territory lost during the civil war Kurds are surrounded by enemies. President Donald Trump has already announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Now thatthe Caliphate is destroyed, the U.S. has no strategic reason to continue troops in Syria. But if it pulls out troops without securing a deal for the Kurds, a tragic fate could be awaiting the heroes who brought down the IS Caliphate. UBHODESP

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