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Women’s fight for toilets in country’s rural areas

BASTI AMEERWALA: For as long as she can remember, Ayeesha Siddiqua has fought her male relatives for access to toilets -- but a sanitation drive by new premier Imran Khan could make life easier for women in Pakistan.  "I told them: 'You can go where you want, but me, my movements are restricted!'," said Siddiqua, who is in her 60s, in Basti Ameerwala, a small agricultural village in central Punjab province where residents have been relieving themselves in the open for generations. Restraining themselves over long days…

Half the world’s schools lack clean water, toilets and handwashing

WASHINGTON: Nearly half the world’s schools lack clean drinking water, toilets and handwashing facilities, putting millions of children at risk of disease, experts warned on Monday. Almost 900 million children have to contend with a lack of basic hygiene facilities during their education, putting their health at risk and meaning some have to miss school. “You can’t have a quality learning environment without these basics,” said Dr Rick Johnston of the World Health Organization, a lead researcher on the project.…

Trump ‘not fit to clean toilets’ at Obama library: newspaper

WASHINGTON: A top US newspaper on Wednesday blasted President Donald Trump with a withering editorial, saying he was not fit to even "clean the toilets" in Barack Obama's presidential library or shine George W. Bush's shoes. USA Today, a mass-market paper with one of the biggest circulations in the country, published the piece after Trump attacked a Democratic female US senator in a crude tweet. "Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?", blared the headline of the piece from the paper's editorial board, which…

Xi wants China to ‘revolutionise’ toilets to boost tourism, quality of life

BEIJING: China must keep up efforts to “revolutionise” its toilets until the task is completed, state media quoted Chinese President Xi Jinping as saying on Monday, amid efforts to boost the domestic tourist industry and improve the quality of life. Xi launched the “toilet revolution” in 2015 as part of a drive to improve standards of domestic tourism in China, which he said suffers from deep-seated problems of a lack of civility. “The toilet issue is no small thing, it’s an important aspect of building civilized…

PIA plane diverted over blocked toilets

MANCHESTER: A Toronto-bound Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight had to make an emergency landing at Manchester Airport after all of its toilets on board got blocked. A foreign news agency reported that a PIA flight PK-798 -- heading to Toronto from Lahore -- had to make a landing at Manchester Airport on 19th November after all of its toilets were blocked as the passengers had thrown something solid in it. According to a statement by the national airliner, the aircraft was diverted to Manchester as its toilets…