Khandwa (East Nimar) District

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High Court raps Narmada Authority over incomplete canal work

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UNICEF's digital media campaign against open defecation

UNICEF launches a three-month long campaign 'Take Poo to the Loo' to raise awareness against defecation in open among the youth.

Govt addresses Andhra's river water sharing issues

Villagers in six villages protest standing in water in their fight for Land-for-Land compensation from the government.

Oustees of the Indrasagar and Omkareshwar dam protest in six villages in Madhya Pradesh protest in the form of Jalsatyagraha (mode of Satyagragha is by standing in water). This protest that began on 1st of September is spread across the three districts of Harda, Khanda and Dewas when the backwater that submerged the land of 254 villages caused displacement of 50,000 families. The Jalsatyagrahis are from all walks of life- young, old, children. With them, giving sheer determination is also a physicalled challenged member who shares his name with the river Narmada- Narmada Prasad.

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News this week: 200-crore penalty on Mundra port, Parliament passes Land Acquisition Bill and dengue spreads in Mumbai.

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200-crore penalty for Adani's Mundra port

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MP govt enforces curfew to suppress Jalsatyagrah

State government issues arrest orders against the evacuees staging protest against raising water level in the Indira Sagar Dam and demanding compensation. 

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Indira Sagar evacuees to hold jal satyagaraha

From September 1, Narmada Bachao Andolan to showcase protest against raising water levels in Indira Sagar Dam and non-payment of compensation to the evacuees. 

Maharashtra to enforce Renewable Purchase Obligations

With no single example across the world to cite for successful model of water privatisation, the irony remains that it continues to grow in developing countries. India is witnessing a range of private sector participation in various water schemes, these come under different forms and shapes but the motive remains the same- make profit out water. Almost all privatisation endeavor in water sector has met with obstacles, Khandwa is no exception! The teething problem of the project doesn't appear to settle as the rising discontent and resistance among people continues to grow.

The bad track record of the public sector to provide water has increasingly led to private sector participation in water supply system. The proponents of privatization state that private sector would increase efficiency, bring adequate finance and help build the infrastructure that is required to run the utilities properly in an effective manner. The anti privatisation lobby argue that the price of water will increase, will undermine the socio-cultural aspects of water and also there will be water quality issues.

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