Telangana Govt strives to make slum-free Hyderabad
India's "Golden Redemption" at the Asian Games, with its Hockey team defeating Pakistan after 16 years, is splashed over the front pages - with accompafnying photographs of a jubilant team. "Hockey Gold, Olympic berth for India"- is a headline in the Tribune.
The other huge story is of Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday wielding a broom on the streets on Gandhi Jayanti, as he launched the country's biggest-ever cleanliness drive - The Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan at a cost of 2 lakh crore rupees. The Asian Age reports that he has nominated nine eminent citizens, including Sachin Tendulkar, Priyanka Chopra and Shashi Tharoor, to spread awareness and to continue the cleaning chain.
The Times of India, however, comes up with some sobering facts. It writes - 'It'll take more than brooms on ground to clean India'. The jaw-dropping statistics are that urban India generates about 47 million tonnes of solid waste or garbage every year, or about 1.3 lakh tonnes every day according to a study. Nearly one third urban India's garbage is not collected at all and is just left to rot away in streets and alleys.
And finally, The Asian Age carries a photograph of Lt. Governor Najib Jung and his wife Amina cleaning and polishing shoes of devotees at Bangla Sahib Gurudawara in New Delhi, as Kar Seva on Gandhi Jayanti.