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scavenger

(skăv′ən-jər)
n.
1. An animal, such as a vulture or housefly, that feeds on dead or decaying matter.
2. Chemistry A substance added to a mixture to remove or inactivate impurities.
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scavenger

any organism that feeds on carrion, refuse or material left unconsumed by other organisms. See also SAPROBIONT.
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"The Cabinet approved the proposal of the Social Welfare Department for the Rehabilitation programme to persons identified as Manual Scavengers in Delhi government under the provisions of the 'Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013" (MS Act, 2013)," said a release of the Chief Minister's Office.
The Judge Abdulahi Abdulkareem, sentenced the scavengers without an option to pay fine, adding that cases of theft at the moment was becoming rampant in the area.
On Sunday morning a large number of scavengers and junk dealers were seen salvaging metal scrap and other usable things from the rubble of the razed shops.
Workers attached with the construction companies blamed drug addicts and scavengers for vandalising iron fence erected on both sides of the under-construction BRT track.
Among the families supported by Ricketson was that of 26-year-old scavenger Nov Sreypich.
ua There are an estimated 1.2 million "manual scavengers" in India, 90 per cent of whom are women.
She said farmers should bear in mind that wild animals and vultures help promote tourism in the country, adding that tourism contributes immensely to the country's Gross Domestic Product, hence the need to protect predators and scavengers as well as the vegetation.
In some places where humans perceive predators or scavengers to be a threat - to themselves, livestock or crops - they might kill the animals.
Scavengers may also retrieve valuables from either dustbins in residential places or dumpsites [10].
" He believed in his daughter." While shooting the film, Vincent says the cameramen and the crew -- around 30 to 40 of them -- were Vidhu Vincent was working television when she to make on manual scavengers
'We did not start the movement or anything, we would like to acknowledge the thousands of movements who fought this system,' he said, noting that he was dedicating his award to other scavengers who fought against their inhumane conditions.