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Can Budget 2016-17 breathe life into the public health system?
Per a report by the Planning Commission, India’s burden of water borne diseases remains grossly underestimated. The improvements in access to drinking water has not been matched by a proportionate decline in deaths and illnesses from waterborne diseases.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 3 months ago
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Agriculture and informal sector labour need a budgetary push
Recent data from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) as well as the Agriculture Census highlighted the plight of Indian farmers. Around 85 percent are small and marginal farmers with an average monthly income of only Rs. 4653, which is lesser than their monthly expenses. Debt rates are very high among farmers with an average loan of more than Rs.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 3 months ago
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Water and sanitation sector needs a budget push
While the WatSan sector has been prioritised in the country’s policy agenda through the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission, last year’s budgetary outlay was way below desired levels.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 3 months ago
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Pumping up hopes the solar way
Haryana's agriculture sector uses seven lakh tubewells, most of which are connected to the grid as the state has a policy of providing highly subsidised electricity to farmers costing Rs. 6200 crore a year. As a result, groundwater exploitation is rampant.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 3 months ago
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Alarm bells ring for Delhi’s groundwater
Delhi, home to 16.75 million people, is in the grip of a major water crisis.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 3 months ago
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Ken-Betwa river gets some respite
In December 2015, more than forty years after it was conceived, the Government was set to launch India’s ambitious 30-link river interlinking project linking 37 rivers.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 4 months ago
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From toilet to tap: Is that the future of drinking water?
An article in India Today three years ago was titled ‘Beware Delhi!
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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Using community support to battle fluoride contamination
What is the exact problem as regards fluoride contamination in Madhya Pradesh, particularly in Dhar district?
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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Choppy waters and a calm river voyager
The epic voyage--Nadisutra--along the Ganga may have been the high point of Emmanuel Theophilus’s recent work, but there have been many more peaks and valleys for this fervent mountaineer cum ecologist. Theo lives in a remote village near Munsiyari in Uttarakhand.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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Undisposed toxic waste still haunts Bhopal’s groundwater
“When cool air blows over the city and it rains in Bhopal bringing welcome respite to its people, I fear that toxic waste is spilling into its groundwater”, says Rajesh Kumar who shows me around the 68-acre plant site of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL).
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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Tackling water salinity in Mewat, Haryana
What is the exact problem as regards groundwater salinity, fluoride and water scarcity in Mewat, Haryana? Is the area underlain with saline groundwater aquifers? What is the status of surface water in the area? Can it not reduce dependence on groundwater?
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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India needs to radically overhaul its water institutions
There was a recent report in the Times of India on how Singapore, listed among the 20 smallest countries in the world, made water management and conservation efforts over the years. What lessons can India, a mammoth country draw from this small but densely populated country?
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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What it takes to clean India
Sajan, a 14 year old Bhilala Adivasi boy studying in the Rani Kajal school in Kakrana in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh says, "We now save a lot of time as we bathe in the bathrooms and defecate in the toilets rather than in the open fields; and so we study better".
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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Sustainable practices in slash-and-burn lands in Nagaland
A thick smog and haze eclipse the sun all through the day when jhum areas are burnt. Jhum, known as shifting cultivation a practice practice inv
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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A pond comes to life
It had not rained for awhile and the tiny cracks in the earth in Bapugaon were opening up. This little village in Chaksu tehsil of Jaipur was yet again faced with a drought in the mid 1980s. The situation was aggravated in 1986 when the river Dhund, an important water source for Bapugaon, went dry. Since then, both the quantity and quality of water started deteriorating.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 8 months ago
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Polavaram--solution or problem?
Papi kondalu, a scenic gorge located on the lower stretches of the Godavari, will soon be engulfed within the controversial Polavaram Dam. The river serves as a visitor’s delight as it winds through the hills--the same hills that are home to primitive tribal groups such as the Kondareddys.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 8 months ago
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Bisalpur revisited--10 years after protesters were shot, killing 5
Ten years ago five farmers were shot protesting the diversion of waters from Bisalpur dam to Jaipur city, located about 130 kms away.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 8 months ago
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Kaun kitne paani mein: Movie review
‘Kitna shaant hai ye paani, aur iske liye yeh rajniti’ (the water is so still, yet there is politics around it).
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 8 months ago
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The curious case of Kolkata's missing water bodies
Mohit Ray of Vasundhara has written two books--"Five Thousand Mirrors: The Water Bodies of Kolkata”
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 9 months ago
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Colourful fabrics lead to murky waters
Amanishah nallah flowing through Sanganer, a town located 15 kms from Jaipur, is getting murkier by the day as the the textile hand printing industry in the area is getting more prosperous.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 9 months ago

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