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Simplifying defluoridation
Estimates suggest that about 10 million Indians are affected by fluorosis, a sickness associated with the consumption of increased concentrations of fluoride, mostly through water. Bones get weakened due to excessive accumulation of fluoride in them which results in increased hip and wrist fractures. Dental enamel gets eroded.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 23 hours 23 min ago
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Toxins on our plate
“The recent scare due to the detection of formalin-laced fish across Goa, Kerala, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Meghalaya points to a link between water quality and food safety. Fish traders find it cost-effective to use formalin, a carcinogen, instead of ice to prevent the decomposition of fish during transportation to distant markets.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 week 4 days ago
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In the business of transformation
Pramod Kumar Singh, the caretaker of a community toilet complex in northwest Delhi’s Sultanpuri area is proud about its upkeep. The complex, built by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) and inaugurated in 2016, is well maintained with beautiful landscaping, posters and wall art.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 weeks 3 days ago
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Challenges of being a ‘Prerak’
Most of Etawah, a city on the banks of the Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh, has plenty of stories to share about their favourite leader Daddaji or Mulayam Singh Yadav, one of the former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh. The area bordering the ravines near Chambal, on the other hand, resounds with tales of dacoits like Phoolan Devi, Seema Parihar and Nirbhay Gujjar.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 weeks 2 days ago
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No water security without water quality
Groundwater is a major source of water for a large number of Indians with 66 percent rural households and 27 percent urban households directly depending on it for drinking purposes, as per Census 2011.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 4 days ago
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Micro loans, mega gains
Rabia Khatun (45) has been living in the Savda resettlement colony since 2006, the year it was established. All the residents of her previous squatter settlement at Nanglamachi in central Delhi were evicted and resettled at Savda, 50 km away.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Climate hotspots to affect India's economy
A study by the World Bank indicates that due to rising temperatures and changing monsoon rainfall patterns from climate change, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) may dip by 2.8 percent (amounting to $1177.8 billion) by 205
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Creating community leaders to tackle disaster
Tired from the Baidyanath dhamyatra (pilgrimage) in the nearby town of Deoghar, Nunlal Kamath is stealing a quick nap on a charpoy outside his house. His house is right on the western bank of Kosi, north Bihar’s river of sorrow, in a particularly flood-prone area where there are no high grounds or flood platforms nearby.  
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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Public hearing for green clearance a sham
Supin, a tributary of river Tons and a part of river Yamuna gushes through the hilly tracts of Uttarkashi district. Like all rivers meandering through the lush terrains and forests of Uttarakhand, Supin too is being aggressively tapped for hydropower generation by the government.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 4 weeks ago
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Pink city turns heat island
This summer, Jaipur’s temperatures are soaring upwards of 40 degree Celsius. Jaipur witnessed its hottest day on April 26 when a temperature of 43.2 degree Celsius was recorded.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 2 days ago
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Toilets need water, women suffer under ODF drive
Rajasthan is all geared up for the open defecation free (ODF) status well before the national deadline of October 2, 2019. According to the assistant engineer of the nagar parishad, Resha Singh, 4.75 lakh toilets have been constructed since October 2, 2014 in Alwar district which is about to be declared ODF.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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Alwar homes, farms and factories fight for water
Lewari, a village located around 17 km from Alwar in Rajasthan, is the site of a water conflict these days. “The production of Jayanti jaljeera, haazme ka lalantop drink (a digestive drink) has left our village parched,” says Nanak Singh, a resident.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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When friends of environment unite
The world is developing and expanding at a great pace. Alongside a multitude of positive effects of this development, there are several, very evident negative outcomes as well. Littered roads and ineffective solid waste management are some of them, especially in developing nations like India.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
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Will boats float on Yamuna?
Here's some good news for the people of Delhi. If the Centre is to be believed, Delhi is going the Kochi way and Yamuna waters will keep the traffic burden off the road much like Kochi’s backwaters and rivers.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 4 weeks ago
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Palwal puts Game Theory to practice
At just 24 years of age, Abhinav Vats has learnt a lot as the chief minister’s Good Governance Associate (CMGGA) posted in Palwal district of Haryana. An economics graduate from Delhi University, he worked as a research analyst with McKinsey and Company at Gurgaon for two-and-a-half years before deciding to be a CMGGA.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 11 hours ago
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Disappearing waters of Himalayas
Delhi’s Jor Bagh metro station is the site of an ongoing photographic exhibition with thought-provoking images and narratives exploring escalating water crises Indian and Nepal Himalayas face.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 1 week ago
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Assam continues to battle fluorosis
Farhanuddin was just five years old when a pain in his knee began bothering him. It was 2013. Slowly, his legs began to change shape. They got so badly deformed that it began to affect his everyday life. He was gloomy and tired most times and had trouble walking.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 1 week ago
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Corporate hand in sustainable WASH
Despite making sanitation a national priority with Swachh Bharat Mission, 50 percent of India defecated in the open till 2014. The goal to make India open defecation free by 2019 seemed ambitious. The government provided funding but it also sought active participation from the corporate sector.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 2 weeks ago
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Sewage management: Govt’s elephant in the room
India’s sanitation crisis involves huge cost. Transforming the country’s sanitation and waste management by 2019 is tall order.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 2 weeks ago
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Tackling fluorosis by following Nalgonda's lead
Fluorosis continues to be a regional issue in Telangana to this day, even decades after the first cases were discovered in Nalgonda in 1937. More than three lakh people in the district are affected with skeletal and dental fluorosis, a stigma that has stuck for generations.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 months 6 days ago

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