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When Osaka comes to Lucknow
Raghunath Lakhpat is a terrified man. He can only watch warily as the land on either side of his modest home is being dug up by huge earthmovers. “We are stuck in the middle. Sooner or later, we will have to leave. But where will we go? What will we eat?” he asks helplessly.
chicu  posted 2 years 11 months ago
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Farakka faces a barrage of criticism
The chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, called for the decommissioning of the Farakka barrage recently.
chicu  posted 2 years 12 months ago
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Honestly, not the best policy changes
Saileena Sarkar's introduction to the East Kolkata Wetlands began as soon as she moved to the city. She says, “The Kolkata wetlands have been a point of interest since I came to the city.
chicu  posted 3 years 4 days ago
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Knowing Kamla’s sorrow could control Bihar floods
“When I was a boy, a family and their livestock could feed on just one crop for three years,” says Jugal Mandal of Sakhwar village in Darbhanga district. “For the last five years though, the village fields have been fallow because we have not had water,” he adds.
chicu  posted 3 years 2 months ago
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Sailing the ocean to save marine life
He is called Mobi Dick's Avenger.
chicu  posted 3 years 2 months ago
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Collateral damage: Buffalo herders and privatisation of water
Kishan Yadav has a lot in common with the popular flute-playing god whose namesake he is. They share a name, a caste, a profession, and the land they live on.
chicu  posted 3 years 3 months ago
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"SWM-ing" against the tide
The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. A visit to almost any village or small town in India today will serve to confirm that statement. In an undoubtedly laudable attempt to keep the village clean, gram panchayats tend to dump waste in a convenient patch of land on the outskirts.
chicu  posted 3 years 3 months ago
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Letting rivers flow in Nepal
Dr Hari Kumar Shreshta is an engineer, teacher, and a passionate crusader for healthy rivers. On a recent visit to India, he spoke with India Water Portal about the efforts to introduce the concept of environmental flows in hydropower-focused Nepal.
chicu  posted 3 years 4 months ago
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Think livelihoods, not only jobs
The theme for the 2016 UN World Water Day is 'Water and Jobs'. What is your opinion of the chosen theme?
chicu  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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One river, two names and a 14-year-long dispute
The Mandovi river is picture perfect. She is the wide, placid river fringed by the coconut palms and dotted by the boats that we think of when we think of Goa.
chicu  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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Unnatural world: National parks and climate change
Forest guards in India have fought many things over time in the course of their daily work--poachers, irate citizens, even animals at times! But they are now facing a threat that may well be beyond their capacity to overcome. A threat that is not just responsible for the death of individual animals, but for the destruction of entire groups of species--climate change.
chicu  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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The Last Builder of Naulas in Chatola, Nainital
No temple is as venerated in Uttarakhand as the little unassuming naulas. These small hut-like structures dot the mountains and hold within them a great treasure--water. Usually made of stone masonry with pyramid-like slate roofs, every naula respresents within it a residing spirit which can range from a simple stone piece to an ornately carved statue.
chicu  posted 3 years 7 months ago
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Springs are more than just a source of water for humans
"If you do good work on the ground, policy will happen", says Himanshu Kulkarni of ACWADAM. This has proven to be in true at least in the case of springs.
chicu  posted 3 years 8 months ago
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Sunny balconies and hanging gardens in Goa
It was a sultry Sunday afternoon in Goa, the time traditionally reserved for heavy lunches followed by long siestas but the small crowd gathered at Arjuntree One in Margao defied the stereotype.
chicu  posted 3 years 9 months ago
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Community conservation of forests is successful when women participate
When I first spoke with Bhagoti Devi, I attempted to break the ice by telling her how warmly our mutual acquaintances spoke of her. She was nonchalant. "Of course they will recommend you speak to me”, she said. “After all, it took a lot of hard work to have such a thick forest standing here.”
chicu  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Respect tribal goverments; conserve forests
The Galo tribe has lived in the Eastern Himalayan forests for centuries. Like their neighbours, this tribe had a well-defined territory, the boundaries of which were marked by various topographical features such as rock formations or mountain ridges.
chicu  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Catch them young: Treating children affected by fluorosis
Fluorosis is a cowardly disease; it selectively preys upon the most vulnerable and renders them even more fragile.
chicu  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Dengue for dummies
I keep seeing news about dengue everywhere. Why is it such a big deal?
chicu  posted 3 years 10 months ago

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