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  • Charkhari, a princely state of India in the colonial period was once a beautiful settlement founded by Saurabh Singh Bundela, a Rajput King. Acceded to India post-Independence, the town is now located in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh. The place was home to intricate water management systems in the past. Acc...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 6 years 6 months agoread more
  • "Swaraj is a meaningless term, if we desire to keep a fifth of India under perpetual subjection, and deliberately deny to them the fruits of national culture". - Mahatma GandhiKiran from Bahurasa in Madhya Pradesh has been the sole bread winner for her family since her husband is a drunkard. She get...
    Prarthana Vishalposted 6 years 6 months agoread more
  • Get more information about the training on Inclusive, Gender and Justice Approaches to Water-Based Livelihoods and apply.Know more about Utthan.Down the event brochure from below.  
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  • Gender influences access to water to a high degree throughout the world, a fact recognised in the Dublin Principles but how does topography influence this access? This study detailed in this post aims to find the answer to this question.The study draws upon unstructured interviews that focused ...
    chicuposted 6 years 6 months agoread more
  • It's been years since Bhutahi Balan, a small tributary of the Kosi river in Madhubani, North Bihar, has been causing devastation on both its banks. Dinesh Mishra in his book 'Story of a ghost river and engineering witchcraft' objectively analyses the failure of embankments, which are raised banks to...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 6 years 6 months agoread more
  • This report by Centre for Environment Education highlights several gaps in environmental impact assessment reports of 79 mines and suggests specific steps to be taken by Union Environment Ministry to set things right.
    Prarthana Vishalposted 6 years 7 months agoread more
  • The report concludes that finding ways for advances in technology to serve the most vulnerable is a moral imperative; a responsibility, not a choice.
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  • Numerous small villages dot the Himalayas. These villages obtain water from springs that are in their turn supplied by small aquifers. Due to the complex folded nature of the rocks that make up the mountains, the area from which these aquifers receive their water may be at some distance away from th...
    chicuposted 6 years 8 months agoread more
  • New Environment Minister brings in new policesPetroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, who took over as the Environment Minister this week, has put on hold the final notification on declaring ecologically sensitive zone in the Western Ghats. The new Minister has invited comments from the chief ministers o...
    ravleenposted 6 years 8 months agoread more
  • 10,000 Bihar villagers file petition against asbestos plant More than 10,000 villagers from Vaishali have submitted a petition to the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) against an asbestos plant in the district. The villagers have sought disapproval of the West Bengal based Utkal Asbestos ...
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  • 150 river stretches in India cannot support aquatic lifeCPCB findings show 150 river stretches across the country highly polluted with discharge of untreated water.Bangladesh against Meghalaya's hydel projectsRaises concern over construction of 85 MW Mawphu and 84 MW Myntdu dams in Me...
    Swati Bansalposted 6 years 8 months agoread more
  • Pastoralist communities are those that depend primarily on livestock (domesticated animals in an agricultural setting) for their living. India has the world’s highest livestock population with 440 million livestock heads distributed over 100 million households (1) but in recent years, pastoralists...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 6 years 9 months agoread more
  • The 200 odd residents of Didakhedi, a sleepy village just 13 kms from Sehore town in Madhya Pradesh, never had adequate water. Two decades ago, most of the farming in the village was done during the monsoons. The village had no electricity and a lone diesel pump operated the shallow dug wells to irr...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 6 years 9 months agoread more
  • Environment Ministry withdraws amendment to waste rulesAfter much opposition and a Karnataka High Court order, the Central Environment Ministry has decided to withdraw the draft amendments to the Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2000. According to environmentalists, the new amendment discouraged seggreg...
    ravleenposted 6 years 9 months agoread more
  • Riverside apartments are in great demand these days. This has led to a surge in the number of apartments built along rivers that flow through urban areas. These same 'premium' apartments are encroaching on the river's channel and are therefore most vulnerable to the floods that they help create by c...
    chicuposted 6 years 9 months agoread more
  •  The Tajganj boasts a heritage walk taking sightseers back in time to the excellence of the Mughal era. History-loving eyes examine this threshold to the mausoleum for its remains from the urban landscape of the Mughal lay. What meets the tourist, and rather tragically, is the stench from the n...
    deepikaposted 6 years 10 months agoread more
  • Constant giggles, playful pulling of plaits and teasing is common in girls' schools. Though the Baba Aya Singh Riarki College in Gurdaspur is different in many ways, it is filled with similar scenes. This school is an exceptional experiment in education for rural girls of Gurdaspur and Amritsar. It ...
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  • India two ranks up in global hunger indexScores 63 in global hunger index, 2013, and falls under the alarming zone of hunger. High prevalence of malnourished children under five still remains a huge challenge for the country.After super cyclone, floods hit OdishaDamage gets doubled for the state, es...
    Swati Bansalposted 6 years 10 months agoread more
  • Provides a good visual overview of the mining situation in India, particularly central and eastern India.
    Prarthana Vishalposted 6 years 10 months agoread more
  • Further details on the organisation, Landesa, may be viewed here.For more information on the vacancy, click here.
    sabitakaushalposted 6 years 11 months agoread more

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The job of a Swachh Bharat Mission Prerak is to ensure the mission is completed on time. They have many hurdles to cross before reaching the finishing line.

Most of Etawah, a city on the banks of the Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh, has plenty of stories to share about their favourite leader Daddaji or Mulayam Singh Yadav, one of the former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh. The area bordering the ravines near Chambal, on the other hand, resounds with tales of dacoits like Phoolan Devi, Seema Parihar and Nirbhay Gujjar. “Politics is a way of life in this agriculturally prosperous district.

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Watershed management is not just to harvest and store water but also to create democratic processes at the village level and enable inclusive, sustainable development that meets the people's needs.

In India, although we have approximately four months of monsoon (which is basically 45 days of effective rainfall), in drought prone areas, there are only 10-15 days of harvestable rain in the entire season. If you don't get enough rain during those days, it's a cause for worry.

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A temple trust revives an ancient stepwell, comes to the rescue of a water-starved village.

Long before piped water supply became the norm, groundwater got extracted for use and rivers neglected, stepwells served as a major source of water for people.

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To make access to water adequate and equitable, the focus must shift from water sources to water resources. Science, community participation and cooperation, are key to addressing our water woes.

A growing demand for water implies the need for an improved understanding of our resources, and the ability to manage that demand in an equitable and sustainable way.

Wells, not dams, have been the temples of modern India

India is a groundwater economy. At 260 cubic km per year, our country is the highest user of groundwater in the world - we use 25 percent of all groundwater extracted globally, ahead of USA and China.

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Under UNICEF’s initiative to mitigate disaster risk, community leaders are created to make villages disaster ready.

Tired from the Baidyanath dhamyatra (pilgrimage) in the nearby town of Deoghar, Nunlal Kamath is stealing a quick nap on a charpoy outside his house. His house is right on the western bank of Kosi, north Bihar’s river of sorrow, in a particularly flood-prone area where there are no high grounds or flood platforms nearby.  

Much of the district floods every year during the monsoon season. In August 2017, Kamath’s village at Basipatti in Madhepur block of Madhubani district saw the worst flooding after the 2007 deluge.

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The ongoing conflict between India and Bangladesh over the Teesta is political with little to do with the river itself. Is there any hope for the river?

River Teesta originates at Tso Lamo, Sikkim, flows through West Bengal and then enters the Rangpur division in Bangladesh. It is the fourth largest among 54 rivers shared by India and Bangladesh. The river basin is populated with over 30 million people who depend on the river water for drinking and domestic use, irrigation, industry and religious activities. Besides fishing, agriculture is one of the important sources of livelihood in the basin and sustains more than 90 percent of the rural population. 

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A photo exhibition focuses on the changing lifestyles of local communities in the Himalayas with changes in their environment.

Delhi’s Jor Bagh metro station is the site of an ongoing photographic exhibition with thought-provoking images and narratives exploring escalating water crises Indian and Nepal Himalayas face. Titled “Pani, Pahar: Waters of the Himalayas”, the exhibition combines contemporary work by photojournalist Toby Smith with academic research led by Dr Bhaskar Vira and Dr Eszter Kovacs at Cambridge University’s department of geography, in association with collaborators in India and Nepal.

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Phoolbasan Yadav’s journey towards empowering women in Chhattisgarh is an inspiring one.

Phoolbasan Yadav from the remote Sukaldaihan village in the Rajnandgaon district in Chhattisgarh shot to fame for her untiring effort in empowering the women of her village. "Since my childhood, I had experienced extreme poverty and hunger, and I feel that similar is the plight of lakhs of women in the country. I want to help them,” says Yadav.

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The editor of a new book that lays out alternative futures for India discusses India, democracy and development with a noted journalist.

Alternative Futures: India Unshackled is a new book that dares to imagine what India could be. Published by Authors Upfront, 35 author-activists, researchers and thinkers have drawn upon their experiences to write on alternative political, ecological, economic and sociocultural scenarios that will benefit India in its surge forward.

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While the three anicuts on the Mahanadi are hampering its free flow, another one is being planned by the government.

Gopal Nishad, a fisherman in his early 40s, is frustrated that there is hardly any fish left in the Mahanadi’s basin at Pitaibandh due to the lack of water in the basin. This basin is located near Rajim-Nawapara in Chhattisgarh, the proposed site for the fourth anicut on the Mahanadi. He reminisces the good old days when he, along with his brother, used to catch plenty of fish from the Mahanadi. 

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