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  • National Rural Drinking Water Programme: Targets remain unachieved According to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), the National Rural Drinking Water Programme has been unable to achieve its target of supplying safe drinking water to all rural habitations, government sc...
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  • Kerala floods take 38 lives, severe loss reported On August 9, gates of Idukki Dam, an arch dam located across the Periyar river, were opened due to incessant rainfall in the region. The opening of the dam gates has caused heavy floods in the state claiming nearly 38 lives. At least 30,000 people s...
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  • Yamuna river water quality improves, thanks to floodwater: Experts According to experts, the Yamuna river is at its healthiest state this year. This has been attributed to the improved water quality in the river due to a rise in the inflow of floodwaters. Increased flow in water leads to more oxyge...
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  • NGT slams NMCG and DJB over pollution in Ganga and Yamuna rivers Concerned about the level of pollution in the Ganga between Haridwar and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to install display boards at a gap of 100 kilom...
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  • All districts but three in Bihar experience drought While lakes overflow in Mumbai and Kerala gets 22 percent excess rain, Bihar stares at a drought. With a 48 percent rain deficit, as many as 35 out of 38 districts in Bihar are experiencing drought. The only districts to have received average rain...
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  • CAG pulls up water ministry for delay in 16 major irrigation projects In its report, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has observed that all the 16 major water resource development and irrigation projects taken under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) in Febr...
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  • 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. Singh is referring to the excessive quantity ...
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  • “Our village is also called the swimmers’ village because almost all of us including small children know how to swim. To learn swimming is not a luxury but a necessity for us. A person who doesn’t know swimming cannot survive here because boats are scarce and not always available,” says Kanh...
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  • Gopal Nishad, a fisherman in his early 40s, is frustrated that there is hardly any fish left in the Mahanadi’s basin at Pitaibandh due to the lack of water in the basin. This basin is located near Rajim-Nawapara in Chhattisgarh, the proposed site for the fourth anicut on the Mahanadi. He reminisce...
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  • Tenzing Lepcha, the lead activist of Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACT), is proud of his work in the last year. “All this was overgrown,” he says pointing at the orderly farm. “I created the fields myself.” He shows us the carefully dug out pond for water storage, the irrigation system, the c...
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  • As we sit sipping tea with him, Ugen Lepcha calmly spells out his stand. “Even if it means having to leave my (political) party, I will continue to be against dams,” he says. Ugen Lepcha, the president of Passingang gram panchayat in the Dzongu area of Sikkim, clearly has courage when it comes t...
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  • Around 25 lakh pilgrims across the country took a holy dip in the Mahanadi during the Rajim kumbh festival held in Rajim from January 31-February 13, 2018. For this annual religious extravaganza at the confluence of the Mahanadi, Sondur and Pairi rivers in Chhattisgarh, the state government organise...
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  • The Manjara river rejuvenation work was implemented in Latur, Maharashtra under the leadership of Art of Living and RSS Jankalyan Samiti in the summer of 2016. The article (PDF attached) evaluates the validity of the approach--of widening and deepening of Manjara river to quench the thirst of Latur...
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  • SC refuses to lift ban on sand mining in Rajasthan  The Supreme Court has rejected the Rajasthan government's plea to lift the ban on sand mining in the state. The court has also ordered the environment ministry to explain why sand or bajri is required for construction activities and to submit...
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  • Assam prepares river atlas to tackle floods, erosion, deforestation The Assam government is preparing a river atlas with the aid of the North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC) that would serve as a comprehensive database of all major and minor rivers of the state. Besides serving as a databa...
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  • Rivers hold a special place in Indian civilisation and culture. They are treated divine and temples are located along the course of rivers. Rivers, with a variety of mesohabitats in it, support rich and diverse native fauna and act as natural reserve of fish germplasm. In spite of the ecological and...
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  • Ashok Kumar Dolai can hardly control his tears whenever he sees the river flowing near his house and a narrow red earth road snaking beside it.  The 26-year-old lost his pregnant wife in the first week of December after he failed to shift her to the nearest hospital in time because the road wa...
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  • Arunachal achieves the open defecation free status Following Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh becomes the second state in the Northeast to be declared open defecation free. The state has achieved the open defecation free target one year and 10 months ahead of the national target, which is October 2, 2019....
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  • Government data shows decreasing suicide trend among farmers for the second consecutive year According to government statistics, after peaking in 2015, farmer suicides have shown a decreasing trend for the second year in succession in 2017 in the six suicide-prone districts--Vidarbha’s Buldhana, ...
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  • Art of Living responsible for destroying the Yamuna floodplains: NGT The National Green Tribunal has held the Art of Living responsible for damaging the Yamuna floodplains in Delhi by holding the World Culture Festival at the site in 2016. However, no additional penalty has been levied on the organ...
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Kerala floods take 38 lives, severe loss reported

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Yamuna river water quality improves, thanks to floodwater: Experts

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NGT slams NMCG and DJB over pollution in Ganga and Yamuna rivers

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All districts but three in Bihar experience drought

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CAG pulls up water ministry for delay in 16 major irrigation projects

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Water conflict in Rajasthan’s Alwar district is not just between upstream and downstream users; it is also between users with domestic, agricultural and industrial needs.

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. Singh is referring to the excessive quantity of water being used for manufacturing a digestive drink by a factory located in his village. The indiscriminate use of a lake bed in the village for industrial use has led to groundwater scarcity during peak summer months.

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Livelihood and education affected, villagers of a marooned land look for solutions.

“Our village is also called the swimmers’ village because almost all of us including small children know how to swim. To learn swimming is not a luxury but a necessity for us.

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While the three anicuts on the Mahanadi are hampering its free flow, another one is being planned by the government.

Gopal Nishad, a fisherman in his early 40s, is frustrated that there is hardly any fish left in the Mahanadi’s basin at Pitaibandh due to the lack of water in the basin. This basin is located near Rajim-Nawapara in Chhattisgarh, the proposed site for the fourth anicut on the Mahanadi. He reminisces the good old days when he, along with his brother, used to catch plenty of fish from the Mahanadi. 

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Along with protesting against dams, the ACT leaders are leading by example and showing people of Sikkim more constructive ways to live.

Tenzing Lepcha, the lead activist of Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACT), is proud of his work in the last year. “All this was overgrown,” he says pointing at the orderly farm. “I created the fields myself.” He shows us the carefully dug out pond for water storage, the irrigation system, the compost heaps, the neatly staked peas and rows of mustard. It is difficult to recognise him now, my earlier image of him being that of a listless young Tenzing, weak from fasting for months.

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