Aarti Kelkar - Khambete

Kerala is blessed with high rainfall as well as plenty of natural water sources, but it has the lowest per capita share of freshwater resources in the country.

Kerala, flanked on the west by the Arabian Sea and on the east by the Western Ghats is bestowed with enviable natural resources. It has 44 rivers spanning its lush green landscape and rainfall that averages as high as 3000 mm a year. As one of the most densely populated states in the country, it has high indicators of health and social development, and its model for development has been hailed as an important indicator for other states to follow [1].

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Although dengue has been around in India in for over two centuries, the pattern of the disease has changed remarkably over the last two decades.

Shantabai, a domestic worker in a number of buildings in Pune says, "See didi, nowadays you can find dengue-causing mosquitoes even in posh buildings but people there do not allow Corporation workers to come and spray inside. Even Bollywood actors are being told to take care". While it might be hard to believe, dengue fever has blurred the boundaries between the rich and the poor in India this year.

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What are the factors that have caused the Marathwada region to be known as the 'suicide capital for farmers'? More importantly, do farmers here have some respite before the monsoon disappears?

Rainfall map of India (Source: IMD)

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While the Central Pollution Control Board's recent study highlights the problems with rivers today, it does not have clear cut recommendations or actions to resolve them.

According to a recent study by the Central Pollution and Control Board (CPCB), almost half of India's interstate rivers

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The coverage of 'safe drinking water' in India increased from 62.3 percent in 1991 to 94 percent in 2011 but why has the incidence of diarhoeal diseases not reduced?

Lack of access to safe drinking water coupled with poor sanitation often causes water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea. Come monsoons, and the situation worsens due to increased flooding and sewage mixing with drinking water sources. Diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, especially among children worldwide. It is caused by a host of bacterial,

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Photographer Arjun Swaminathan speaks to India Water Portal about his journey so far, which includes filming water stories.

How did your interest in filming water stories come about? Is there any particular issue on water that has interested you? What has guided your selection?

I was into photography earlier and was working with NGOs on developmental issues in rural areas. This is what triggered my interest in water as I not only saw but also realised deep down our entire dependency on water related issues be it food, health or agriculture.

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Social sector likely to get less funds in Union Budget 2015-16

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Government admits that hydropower projects aggravated the Uttarakhand disaster

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India plans to launch the 'Blue Revolution' to boost fish production

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Kerala's Ashtamudi lake recognised for sustainable clam fishing

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