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Contact information of nodal officers for flood relief in Belgaum, Bijapur and Gadag
  We thank Sevabharati Karnataka, www.sevabharatikarnata.org from where we have picked up these files.
vijay  posted 10 years 1 month ago
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Sevabharati Karnataka - Information on the organisation
Sevabharati Karnataka is one of the organisations working on relief work. They are planning to build 2349 homes at a cost of Rs. 1 Lakh each in 19 villages across 7 affected districts. More information is available at their site: http://www.sevabharatikarnataka.org 
vijay  posted 10 years 1 month ago
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India has the most number of people who defecate in the open
From a press release from the UN, quoted in several newspapers:   UNITED NATIONS: Highlighting that safe disposal of faeces is critical for reducing the number of diarrhoea cases, United Nations on Wednesday stressed on the need for hygienic sanitary practices to combat the disease, the second greatest killer of children after Malaria.  A joint study by the World Health organisation and UNICEF 'Diarrhoea: Why Children Are Still Dying and What Can Be Done', also pointed out that India has the largest number of persons that defecate in the open worldwide. 
vijay  posted 10 years 1 month ago
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Book review: "The Big Necessity"
      The Big Necessity - The unmentionable world of human waste and why it matters By Rose George  
vijay  posted 10 years 1 month ago
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An update on ecosan work in India
Prakash Kumar, an ecological sanitation consultant with UNICEF/Stockholm Institute provides an update on some recent work on ecological sanitation in India: ==== We are in the process of supporting I I T Delhi for nutrient recovery project for developing complete process for converting liquid urine in to the crystalline form. We are in the final stage of supporting SCOPE for demonstration of ecosan toilet in a govt. middle school at Musiri, Trichy. Comprehensive evaluation of Tamilnadu ecosan project will be taken up shortly. Last batch of training of CCDU officials have been completed . This year total 5 batches got training on ecosan.
vijay  posted 10 years 1 month ago
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"Dams, Rivers and People" - The SANDRP newsletter
The SANDRP newsletter for September 2009 continues its critical analysis of dams, irrigation and related issues: A revisit of the issue of lack of growth in canal - irrigated area despite tremendous investment in new irrigation projects. The story brings to focus the shift in irrigation on the ground from canal to groundwater while the government continues to invest ineffectively in canal irrigation projects.
vijay  posted 10 years 1 month ago
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Sanitation in the flood affected areas - Biome Solutions
 Biome Solutions, a Bangalore-based company working on sustainable architecture and buildings visited some flood affected areas in Guntur to observe the situation and see the suitability of applying "Ecological Sanitation", a new approach to sanitation. (Search on India Water Portal for "Ecological sanitation" for more information on this). Their report  after their travels can be seen below.   A point of interest is the picture of a flooded toilet. Pit toilets which are the norm in rural areas have the disadvantage that during floods the pit below the toilet (where the human waste accumulates over time) gets flooded and the toilet becomes unusable. The faecal matter can come out of the toilet pan and create a real mess which needs to be cleaned up.    Read their report at:  http://biomesolutions.blogspot.com/2009/10/visit-to-flood-affected-areas-in-guntur.html  
vijay  posted 10 years 1 month ago
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News updates - 15th October, 2009
Picture from https://www.thehindu.com : (https://www.thehindu.com/2009/10/14/images/2009101451490301.jpg) , drinking water being supplied by tanker in Bellary district No fresh flood threat: https://www.thehindu.com/2009/10/13/stories/2009101353490400.htm   Several articles cover the post-mortem of the floods, triggered by CWC statements that their warning to the government of AP was ignored   PIL filed alleging negligence on the part of AP government http://www.mumbaimirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=3&contentid=20091014200910140355037187a9b2d4c Major irrigation minister was in hospital on the crucial day http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5122000.cms https://www.thehindu.com/2009/10/13/stories/2009101353010300.htm Dam manual of the government to be updated https://www.thehindu.com/2009/10/14/stories/2009101460000800.htm Rosaiah reacts: https://www.thehindu.com/2009/10/14/stories/2009101450460100.htm https://www.thehindu.com/2009/10/13/stories/2009101359070300.htm
vijay  posted 10 years 1 month ago
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Low cost water testing as a commercial service -- A request for comments
  SELCO, a social entrepreneurship business which has a strong presence in solar lighting is evaluating the possibility of low cost water testing as a business model.  They are requesting for inputs from water sector practitioners on the viability of such a business. The following are some notes about it:
vijay  posted 10 years 1 month ago
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Local report from Koppal district
Dear All: As we informed earlier, Victor and Sastry visited Koppal villages yesterday. They covered the flood affected areas with Mr. Nagaraj Desai of Sarvodaya (partner Organization of ILP). Yesterday they could cover two villages Hire Sindagi and Mudlapura. Mudlapura has 44 children studying in 1 to 6 Std. Hire Sindagi has about 115 families with 200 children of which about 60 children are not school going (one of the reasons why ILP is working in the region). Of the school going children, about 60 might have lost their books and notebooks etc., 
vijay  posted 10 years 1 month ago
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Assesment report in Mahbubnagar district
Attached is an assesment report of the status in Mahbubnagar district created by a team of civil society representatives. The report makes reference to a networking effort of civil society organisations in order to co-ordinate their efforts, and the team promises to continue to survey the situation and make periodic reports.
vijay  posted 10 years 1 month ago
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India Literacy Project -- appeal for relief work
The following mail from an India Literacy Project volunteer explains some of the work of ILP, and their requirements for flood relief work. ILP's website is www.ilpnet.org      ==============
vijay  posted 10 years 2 months ago
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Fluoride, nitrates in Karnataka water
TOI report http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/bangalore/Fluorides-nitrates-in-water-crippling-villagers/articleshow/5039888.cms Sep 22, 2009 Fluorides, nitrates in water crippling villagers BANGALORE: For good he
vijay  posted 10 years 2 months ago
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NASSCOM Foundation Social Innovation Honours
NASSCOM Foundation is awarding the "Social Innovation Honours 2009" to organisations or Government Departments using ICT for social impact. There are categories for Not for Profit, For Profit, Govt. , Multistakeholder Partnerships, and Environment.   Details in the attachment: 
vijay  posted 10 years 2 months ago
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Request for survey and estimate for water supply system in village in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
The following request was recieved by India Water Portal: ====
vijay  posted 10 years 2 months ago
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"Director-General receives the IAH Distinguished Associate Award for 2009" : UNESCO Water Portal Newsletter No. 219
UNESCO Water Portal Newsletter No. 219: Water and Financing To access the newsletter, please go to: http://www.unesco.org/water/news/newsletter/219.shtml NEWS § Director-General receives the IAH Distinguished Associate Award for 2009
vijay  posted 10 years 2 months ago
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Healthstream newsletter of Water Quality Research Australia
  Health Stream Issue 55 is now available via the web site of Water Quality Research Australia http://www.wqra.com.au   Contents of this Issue:
vijay  posted 10 years 2 months ago
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Need responses from NGO s about the effects of the drought in 2009
2009 is turning out to be a signficant drought year. While the government has been responding to the drought to some extent, the lack of a national strategy that can be rolled out quickly at scale is exposed.
vijay  posted 10 years 3 months ago
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"No citizen will go hungry": PM's speech at the conference of State Chief Secretaries
Manmohan Singh, in a recent address to Chief Secretaries of all the states:
vijay  posted 10 years 4 months ago

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