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  • In India, there has been a stunning growth of inequality in the last 25 years and a spectacular growth of inequality in the last 15 years. It is not just a question of wealth and income; inequality is visible in every sector. It is visible in water whether (it is) water for irrigation or drinki...
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  • Solawata, a small village in Jaipur district is barely 10 kilometers away from Sambhar, India's largest saline lake which is a major centre of salt production that produces about two lakh tonnes of salt a year. On our way to the village from Sambhar, we see caravans packed with bright coloured camel...
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  • New guidelines proposed by the Centre on groundwater usage by industries The water ministry has proposed new guidelines for groundwater use according to which industries, mining and infrastructure dewatering projects—whether existing or new— will need to obtain a no-objection certific...
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  • Alien fish spotted in Telangana waters after Krishna-Godavari interlinking Following the interlinking of the Krishna and the Godavari rivers, the devilfish or sucker catfish, which has so far been alien to Telangana waters, has made its way into the Musi river from the Krishna river. The fish ...
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  • In many parts of the world including India, groundwater diviners or dowsers are considered to have special powers to precisely find the site that yields groundwater for drilling borewells. Irrespective of the level of literacy, villagers and farmers are highly influenced by these groundwater diviner...
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  • I grew up in the Konkan, drinking water from a well that was filled by rainwater, filtered through the area's laterite aquifers and “fortified” by the leaves shed by the jackfruit tree above it. And then I moved to Pune, where I came across a cloudy, salty, heavy liquid that passed for water. Th...
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  • Here’s some news for nature lovers. A dirty drain in Delhi could well be on its way to becoming a bird sanctuary. The Najafgarh drain or nallah that flows through the northwest part of Gurugram is becoming a new habitat for the strikingly tall Greater flamingos, a rosy-white pink billed migratory ...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 day 19 hours agoread more
  • It’s complicated! That should pretty much sum up the relationship between WASH strategies and nutrition outcomes. Obviously, when there are unsafe water, pitiable and inadequate sanitation conditions with woeful hygiene practices, it will inadvertently lead to public health implications. This is e...
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  • Historians will tell you that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent, or that the search for solutions has come to an end. This explosion is fate's way of reminding us that there is always something just over the horizon of kno...
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  • Sanitation is the name given to the process, facilities and services employed towards the safe disposal of human waste which includes faeces and urine. Human waste, unless properly disposed of, is not just really gross but also tends to be a major cause for several waterborne diseases like cholera, ...
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  • Committee formed for the management of water resources in the Northeast Under the chairmanship of the vice chairman of Niti Aayog, the Centre has constituted a high-level committee for the proper management of water resources in the northeastern region. The committee has been set up for the re...
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  • Maharashtra farmers die from inhaling toxic pesticides Nearly 18 farmers have died and 600 hospitalised in Yavatmal district and surrounding areas of Maharashtra after inhaling toxic insecticide fumes sprayed in farmlands. Following the incident, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a ...
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  • The Ganges, the most revered river in India, faces an unusual predicament. Pollution and excessive usage have turned it into a toxic sludge as it snakes its way through cities, industrial hubs and millions of devotees. It is also one of the world's most hyper-engineered landscapes and the water dra...
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  • Shilpi Bai was just 18 when she got married to Magan Singh Solanki in Jamnia village, in Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh. She had dreams in her eyes of a great life ahead. She was healthy and soon became a mother of two children. Her husband was a farmer and she would help him in the field after compl...
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  • In India, fresh water is depleting fast with the rise in consumption for economic activities. Poor management of water resources has led to overexploitation of groundwater. The World Resources Institute’s March 2016 report said 54 percent of India was water stressed, with scarcity affecting every ...
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  • Pashan lake, the pride of Pune, is dying! Water hyacinth continues to invade the lake and pollution levels in the lake are high, threatening its once rich biodiversity. How did this happen? The lake was once birders’ paradise This 130-acre wetland with a catchment area of 40 square kilometres is...
    aarti kelkar kh...posted 1 week 5 days agoread more
  • The Western Ghats in India is one of the many mega biodiversity regions in the world. Covering six states namely, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the Western Ghats has a wide range of vegetation and topographical features. Biogeographically, the hill chain of the Western...
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  • Events of heavy downpour over a short span of time have become a regular occurrence leading to frequent floods in many Indian cities, as it happened in Hyderabad this week. A new study has not only established that such events are definitely on the rise but has also found a cause for it--increasing ...
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  • Women of Podapathar village in Sundargarh district in Odisha have become an inspiration for millions of women in the country now, thanks to their determination to improve the drinking water situation in their village.  Earlier the women had to fetch water for domestic use&n...
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  • On January 13, 1957, the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the Hirakud dam, calling it the temple of modern India. It has submerged more than 360 villages (1,23,000 acres of land) and displaced 26,561 families. Out of these displaced families, around 11,000 families and thei...
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Veteran journalist P. Sainath says we are living in a time of inequality--of wealth, water and income--driven by policies. Shouldn’t we be more angry about this?

In India, there has been a stunning growth of inequality in the last 25 years and a spectacular growth of inequality in the last 15 years. It is not just a question of wealth and income; inequality is visible in every sector. It is visible in water whether (it is) water for irrigation or drinking water. Transfers of water from poor to rich, from agriculture to industry, from village to city are going on.

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A Rajasthan village gets to drink sweetwater despite high salinity in its groundwater, thanks to a solar-powered desalination unit.

Solawata, a small village in Jaipur district is barely 10 kilometers away from Sambhar, India's largest saline lake which is a major centre of salt production that produces about two lakh tonnes of salt a year. On our way to the village from Sambhar, we see caravans packed with bright coloured camel saddles parked on the road. In sharp contrast, the villages on the way look dry and dreary with their bleak infertile lands.

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New guidelines proposed by the Centre on groundwater usage by industries

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Alien fish spotted in Telangana waters after Krishna-Godavari interlinking

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In many parts of the world including India, groundwater diviners or dowsers are considered to have special powers to precisely find the site that yields groundwater for drilling borewells. Irrespective of the level of literacy, villagers and farmers are highly influenced by these groundwater diviners. 

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Next Diwali, you will have the option of buying a bottle of water for Rs 65 lakh. Here are some other ways you can spend that money.

I grew up in the Konkan, drinking water from a well that was filled by rainwater, filtered through the area's laterite aquifers and “fortified” by the leaves shed by the jackfruit tree above it. And then I moved to Pune, where I came across a cloudy, salty, heavy liquid that passed for water. The first time I returned home for the term break, I took a long draught and told my mother, “I have just not been able to quench my thirst in Pune.”

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There is an urgent need to restore Najafgarh basin if the recurrent flooding and water shortage in Delhi and Gurugram have to be avoided in the future.

Here’s some news for nature lovers. A dirty drain in Delhi could well be on its way to becoming a bird sanctuary. The Najafgarh drain or nallah that flows through the northwest part of Gurugram is becoming a new habitat for the strikingly tall Greater flamingos, a rosy-white pink billed migratory bird as it passes through southwest Delhi.  

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Poor WASH practices, undernutrition and infections are closely connected.

It’s complicated! That should pretty much sum up the relationship between WASH strategies and nutrition outcomes. Obviously, when there are unsafe water, pitiable and inadequate sanitation conditions with woeful hygiene practices, it will inadvertently lead to public health implications.

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Paani Foundation tasks the villagers with the responsibility of managing their water and saving their villages from drought.

Historians will tell you that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent, or that the search for solutions has come to an end.

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Inadequate sanitation has serious health and economic implications. But building toilets alone does not guarantee safe sanitation.

Sanitation is the name given to the process, facilities and services employed towards the safe disposal of human waste which includes faeces and urine. Human waste, unless properly disposed of, is not just really gross but also tends to be a major cause for several waterborne diseases like cholera, diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and typhoid.

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