6 states to be open defecation free this year: Birender Singh

first_imgKolkata, Jun 24 (PTI) At least six states in the country will become open defecation free this year, Union Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said here today.”It has become a movement. There are at least six states which will be Open Defecation Free (ODF) in the next one year, including Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Karnataka,” he said at an Indian Chamber of Commerce seminar on Swachch Bharat.As of now, only Sikkim has achieved the ODF status, the Union Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation said.”Some states will get the status next year and this way we will reach the target of making the country open defecation free by 2019,” Singh said, adding in the first phase 118 districts will achieve the target.Asserting that there is “no dearth of funds” for toilet construction, he said, “It is demand-driven. If someone is constructing more toilets then more funds will be released.”Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary of Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry, said they have set up a Swachch Bharat fund with initial corpus of Rs 450 crore in which contribution came mostly from public sector units.Private companies can sponsor people who get Swachch Bharat fellowships. These fellows will be attached to the Collectors for achieving the target of total sanitation, he said.Singh claimed that he has done a study and found that states like Manipur and Punjab which have done well in sports are also ahead in sanitation, while states like Bihar and UP which are lagging in sports are also behind in sanitation. PTI NIK MD NSDadvertisementlast_img read more

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TEMPE Ariz — Whether or not linebacker John Abra

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — Whether or not linebacker John Abraham wants to continue playing in this his 15th NFL season is a decision he is expected to make in the coming days.The Arizona Cardinals received a temporary roster exemption — which they used to re-sign linebacker Marcus Benard — as Abraham contemplates retirement.“He and I had a long conversation yesterday on whether or not he wants to continue to play,” head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday. “While he’s going through the (concussion) protocol he will determine if he wants to continue playing football, whether his heart is still in it and he has the fire and desire to do it.” Abraham, 36, suffered a concussion, taking a knee to the head, early in the third quarter of Monday night’s win against San Diego.Apparently, the concussion spurred Abraham to reconsider his playing future.“For whatever reason if that game on Monday Night Football and that atmosphere didn’t have you flying around like always or more, then something is missing,” Arians said. “That’s basically what he reflected to me. He said, ‘there were times in that game I wasn’t in it and that’s not fair to my teammates. I’ve got to decide if this is what I still really want to do.’“Now I did not see the evidence of that. In his play, I thought he played his tail off.”Abraham played 38 snaps, including 36 on defense, but did not record a tackle. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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