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  • World Water Development Report 2020: Tropical countries to be worst hit by water stress According to the World Water Development Report 2020 released by the United Nations (UN) on March 22, World Water Day, nearly 52 percent of the world population will be living in water-stressed regions by 2050 a...
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  • Centre to finalise National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs is in the process of finalising the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP), which has been public for over a year and is now under the final stages of extensive consultations wi...
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  • DDWS orders states to open up water testing laboratories to the public The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS) has directed the states to open up water testing laboratories to the public, in order to empower people to be able to ascertain the quality of water being provided. The move...
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  • 30 districts in Delhi-NCR had contaminated groundwater in 2019: Water Minister As per the data presented by the Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in the Rajya Sabha, at least 30 districts in the National Capital Region, which includes parts of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh apart f...
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  • Karnataka allowed to implement Kalasa-Banduri project In a major relief to the Karnataka government, Centre has issued a gazette notification for the implementation of the Mahadayi water dispute tribunal’s August 2018 verdict. The notification allows the Karnataka government to go ahead with the ...
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  • Limca Book of Records recognises UP's Banda for water conservation efforts Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district has entered the Limca Book of Records for the construction of 2,605 contour trenches and holding 469 jal choupals (village water parliaments) in a single month. The efforts were made und...
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  • Northeast has 60 polluted river stretches: CPCB According to the latest State of India’s Environment report, there are 60 polluted river stretches based on biochemical oxygen demand in different northeastern states. The polluted river stretches in the northeastern states are Bharalu, Basistha,...
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  • World Bank to provide USD 450 million loan for Atal Bhujal Yojana The Centre and the World Bank have signed a USD 450 million loan agreement to support the Atal Bhujal Yojana that aims to arrest the country's depleting groundwater levels and strengthen groundwater institutions. The programme will b...
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  • Among 22 cities in India, Mumbai has lost the maximum number of wetlands: WISA According to a study by non-government organisation Wetlands International South Asia (WISA), India has lost nearly one-third of its natural wetlands to urbanisation, agricultural expansion and pollution over the last fo...
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  • Government allocates Rs 11,500 crore to Jal Jeevan Mission for 2020-21 In the budget 2020-21, the Finance Ministry has allocated Rs 11,500 crore to the Jal Jeevan Mission for the year for 2020-21. The funds will be utilised to identify and create comprehensive measures for 100 water-stressed dis...
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  • 10 more wetlands in the country are now Ramsar sites Ten more wetland sites in the country have received the tag of international importance under the Ramsar Convention — an intergovernmental global treaty to preserve ecological character of selected wetlands across the globe. The ten sites inclu...
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  • Guidelines to monitor illegal sand mining released For the first time, the Environment Ministry has released Enforcement and Monitoring Guidelines for Sand Mining 2020 to monitor and check illegal sand mining in the country. The guidelines include directions to states to carry out river audits, ...
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  • Gangetic dolphins under threat thanks to increased river traffic Despite concerted efforts by various agencies to save the Gangetic dolphins, several factors, including poaching for oil, river pollution and increased traffic in water bodies, continue to pose grave threat to the species. Accord...
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  • Cauvery riverfront development plan gets a nod The high-powered expert committee of the Smart Cities Mission programme has given its approval to the Trichy Corporation for developing and beautifying a portion of the Cauvery river bank in the city. At an estimated cost of Rs 2.94 crore, the civic bo...
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  • Number of water-related crimes double in India: Report As per the latest National Crime Records Bureau report, the number of water dispute cases registered under the Indian Penal Code have doubled from 432 in 2017 to 838 in 2018. Maharashtra and Bihar, the two states that have suffered severe droug...
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  • Environment Ministry notifies new wetland conservation rules The Environment Ministry has notified new conservation rules that prohibit setting up or expansion of industries, and disposal of construction and demolition waste within the wetlands. The ministry has also ordered all the state and union...
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  • Andhra Pradesh and Telangana shelve plan to link Godavari and Krishna rivers The governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have shelved the project to inter-link Godavari and Krishna rivers that was expected to benefit drought-prone areas in the two states. The reason behind this is Andhra govern...
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  • 2019 was the seventh warmest year on record in 118 years: IMD According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), despite recording the second coldest December in 118 years, 2019 was the seventh warmest year on record since 1901. Moreover, the average temperature during the monsoon season from ...
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  • Centre approves Atal Bhujal Yojana, worth Rs 6,000 croreConsidering the acute groundwater shortage in the country, the Union Cabinet has approved the Atal Bhujal Yojana with a total outlay of Rs 6,000 crore to manage the critical resources of water through multiple activities. The scheme, that wi...
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  • Sustainable development goals index 2019-20: India's composite score improvesThe list of states that have topped in the sustainable development goals index 2019-20 are Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Also, the index revealed that Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim h...
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Centre advises states to ensure adequate water supply in rural areas during lockdown

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Lockdown impact: Health of water bodies improves

According to the experts, the health of the Ganga river along with its tributaries, Yamuna and Hindon, has improved significantly since the enforcement of the nationwide lockdown that has led to reduction in dumping of industrial waste into it.

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