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  • Districts with higher levels of urbanisation have a higher risk for the outbreak of cholera, a new nationwide study by the Indian and international experts has revealed.  This is because of uneven allocation of funds for water and sanitation infrastructure within districts with urban centres i...
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  • Sadhani Kalita is only 35 years old but looks like she could be 50 years or older. She has lost her teeth and both her legs are misshapen with the ankles twisted. A resident of Tapatjuri village in Assam's Hojai district, Sadhani is one of the many people in the region who are living with dental and...
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  • In August this year, the states of Bihar and Assam witnessed the worst flooding in a long time. The water level is slowly receding now but it is not giving much respite to people as the aftermath of the devastating floods has brought upon miseries of its own.  Crores of people have been a...
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  • Large swathes of cotton farms in the central India have been the epicentre of a debt crisis that has gripped the rural population. For years now, it has driven thousands of farmers to commit suicide. These suicides are not merely a loss of human lives; they are debilitating scars on a nation’s dev...
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  • Given its close links to both temperature and rainfall, it is possible to forecast the outbreak of dengue. But for such disease forecasting to be effective, it should be based on models specific for different climatic zones in the country, a new study has shown.  Scientists have reached this c...
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  • The children of Shri Ram Vidya Mandir in Dotiyal in Almora district of Uttarakhand were hushed as they entered the hall. Within 15 minutes, they were all giggling in anticipation of the fun of learning something new. This is one of the schools where students are taught the basics of hydrogeology and...
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  • Gorakhpur is back in the news with 42 more children dying in 48 hours at one of the biggest hospitals here--Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital or BRD hospital. This small city located in the north-eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh has seen 1256 such deaths since January, a large number of childre...
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  • Bihar floods: Fear of epidemic looms large The recent flood in the state have taken 200 lives and affected nearly 1.5 crore people across 18 Bihar districts. Although the flood water has started receding, the fear of an epidemic has increased. To tackle the situation, medical facilities are being p...
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  • Does gender matter when it comes to sanitation? Apparently, it does. Women suffer more than men in case of poor access to sanitation that compromises their health, mobility and freedom. Since there is a possibility of being sexually assaulted or harassed while answering nature’s call in the o...
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  • When Satya Devi was a child, the open well near her house in the village of Malku Majra was the water source for the household. She reminisces, “The water was clean and soft. The well would never go dry. Once when there was a drought, we went to the bed of the Sirsa river, dug a few holes in the b...
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  • Take a walk through the maze of lanes at Seelampur in north-east Delhi, you could see small children rummaging through electronic waste that has made its way here from all over north India. They segregate end-of-life electrical and electronic products, prise them apart, put them through acid wash an...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 month 3 weeks agoread more
  • Decades of skating over environmental concerns have clearly cost us dear. The folly of pursuing better crop yields using chemical fertilisers in an indiscriminate manner has been surfacing lately. “Decades of agricultural abuse using fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides have taken its toll on us...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 month 3 weeks agoread more
  • Vasant Baburao Parkale, a 52-year-old farmer, has become a role model for many farmers in the drought-prone Marathwada region. His determination and the will to excel in life have helped him to transform his dreams into reality. In 1984, he was just another labourer working for Bhagwan Yashwantrao ...
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  • Supreme Court pulls Centre over preservation of wetlands The Supreme Court has reprimanded the Centre over noncompliance with international conventions regarding preservation of wetland sites across the country. In its earlier order, the apex court has identified over two lakh wetlands and asked fo...
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  • Panna locals stand against Ken-Betwa river link Under the banner of Panna Parivartan Manch, the people of Madhya Pradesh's Panna district are opposing the river link between Ken and Betwa rivers. According to the protesters, the project will be disastrous for the district, particularly the Panna Na...
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  • Signs of mustard aphid, a key pest of the mustard crop appeared predictably in November last year in Dinesh’s farm. Drifting across the open green fields, it landed on the tender leaves of the mustard crop. “It sets in November during the flowering and pod bearing stage of the crop and lasts til...
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  • Rampura, situated in Bulandshahr district in western Uttar Pradesh, is one of the 1,200 villages on the banks of the 300-km long East Kali, a tributary of the Ganges. The river is named after goddess Kali who, according to the Hindu mythology, is fierce and fights evil by ingesting it. Till the 198...
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  • Nainital lake is drying up, environmentalists concerned According to recent reports, the water level in the Nainital lake in Uttarakhand has gone down by 18 feet below normal this summer. Environmentalists blame human activities such as illegal construction, felling of trees, concretisation of the ...
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  • Audit reveals poor quality of water in UP rivers The CAG audit report for the year 2015-16 has revealed that the quality of water in major rivers and water bodies in Uttar Pradesh is not as per the government norms. The primary reason for the poor water quality is inadequate sewage and industrial e...
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  • Kakkoos, a compelling documentary film on manual scavenging in Tamil Nadu is all about showing the practice as it is without any filter. The pictures are shocking and watching them is easier said than done -- toilets teeming with shit, sanitary napkins lying scattered, people collecting faeces with ...
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A study finds uneven allocation of funds for water and sanitation as the major reason for cholera outbreaks in districts with higher levels of urbanisation.

Districts with higher levels of urbanisation have a higher risk for the outbreak of cholera, a new nationwide study by the Indian and international experts has revealed. 

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Fluoride contamination is leaving Assam villagers crippled. While a solution is not difficult to reach, authorities are not doing enough to eradicate the problem.

Sadhani Kalita is only 35 years old but looks like she could be 50 years or older. She has lost her teeth and both her legs are misshapen with the ankles twisted. A resident of Tapatjuri village in Assam's Hojai district, Sadhani is one of the many people in the region who are living with dental and/or skeletal fluorosis--a deformity of teeth and bones from consuming water contaminated with fluoride. 

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Increasing epidemic scare, loss of livelihood and no place to defecate. There seems no end to the miseries of the flood affected in Assam and Bihar even when the water recedes.

In August this year, the states of Bihar and Assam witnessed the worst flooding in a long time. The water level is slowly receding now but it is not giving much respite to people as the aftermath of the devastating floods has brought upon miseries of its own. 

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VISHRAM's psychological interventions to farmers under mental stress in rural Vidarbha provide a fitting solution to increasing farmer suicides in the country.

Large swathes of cotton farms in the central India have been the epicentre of a debt crisis that has gripped the rural population. For years now, it has driven thousands of farmers to commit suicide. These suicides are not merely a loss of human lives; they are debilitating scars on a nation’s development canvas.

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Scientists develop a new method to forecast dengue spread in various climatic zones by studying the extrinsic incubation period of the virus.

Given its close links to both temperature and rainfall, it is possible to forecast the outbreak of dengue. But for such disease forecasting to be effective, it should be based on models specific for different climatic zones in the country, a new study has shown. 

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An initiative in Uttarakhand aims to inculcate knowledge of water management in school children.

The children of Shri Ram Vidya Mandir in Dotiyal in Almora district of Uttarakhand were hushed as they entered the hall. Within 15 minutes, they were all giggling in anticipation of the fun of learning something new. This is one of the schools where students are taught the basics of hydrogeology and water quality.

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Recent encephalitis deaths in Gorakhpur put the spotlight back on the disease and the importance of better sanitation as a preventive measure.

Gorakhpur is back in the news with 42 more children dying in 48 hours at one of the biggest hospitals here--Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital or BRD hospital. This small city located in the north-eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh has seen 1256 such deaths since January, a large number of children dying from encephalitis alone.

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Bihar floods: Fear of epidemic looms large

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Women, who need safe sanitation the most, are often left out of crucial sanitation-related decisions at households, a study says.

Does gender matter when it comes to sanitation? Apparently, it does. Women suffer more than men in case of poor access to sanitation that compromises their health, mobility and freedom. Since there is a possibility of being sexually assaulted or harassed while answering nature’s call in the open, they hesitate to drink enough water to avoid urinating leading to various diseases like urinary tract infections, heat stroke, kidney infections, etc. Women often hold the urge to defecate due to the lack of access to sanitation leading to chronic constipation and intestinal damage.

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Unless industries clean up their act and authorities take it up seriously, Baddi’s water will continue to be polluted causing hardship to its residents.

When Satya Devi was a child, the open well near her house in the village of Malku Majra was the water source for the household. She reminisces, “The water was clean and soft. The well would never go dry. Once when there was a drought, we went to the bed of the Sirsa river, dug a few holes in the bed and got clean water to drink.” Things have clearly changed for the worse. In the last decade or so, Satya has not used the water from her well. “It smells and looks bad,” she says.

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