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50% of MGNREGS work should be for improving water conservation: Government

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A community drive to revive wells in Mokhla talab near Udaipur results in water security for longer periods of time as well as making leaders out of women.

The name of a place can tell one much about its history. Take Mokla talab, a village 62 km southeast of Udaipur for example. Mokla means sufficient in Rajasthani and talab means pond. The village was named after its overflowing talab. But what happens when the talaab is overflowing no more? The name stays the same but the condition of those who live there, sadly, doesn't.

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Small hydro-power projects thought to be least damaging threaten the very existence of Kuhls, the source of water for irrigation. It's no wonder that young Kohlis prefer government jobs to farming.

Pro-dam lobby has long praised the small or micro hydropower projects, especially run-of-the-river units as least damaging. But both the developer/s of such projects and the government seem to have overlooked an important aspect: its impact on Kuhls, the traditional irrigation system of Himachal Pradesh.

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A biosand household water filter is cheap, convenient and easy to build. Find out about its benefits and how you can make one at your home.

Every year, nearly 600,000 children in India die of illnesses associated with unclean drinking water [1]. Inspite of this, 2 out of every 3 households still do not treat their drinking water [2] and half of the rural water supply, where 70 percent of India’s population lives, is routinely contaminated with toxic bacteria.

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Indwalgaon in Uttarakhand harnessed available government resources to move from a water-deficit to a water-adequate state, thanks to its Pradhan Madanlal.

 Visitors and the Uttarakhand Tourism Department liken the mountain to 'devbhoomi' or the heavens but it isn't often that a villager of the area echoes those sentiments. Most of them are weary of the unending struggle to live in harmony with those steep slopes that make all manner of infrastructure difficult.

That is why the villagers of Indwal Grampanchayat come as a welcome change. 'Yeh to Jannat hain' one of them told me. "This is heaven".

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Hello,

I would like to get data on water usage from 2000 to 2010 in India by different sectors like Agriculture, Rural, Domestic, Industries and etc. Please help

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Galvanised by the formation of a Mahila Mangal Dal and by some training, these women in a small village in Uttarakhand design, construct and manage their own water sources and structures.

"We did everything ourselves", said the ebuillent Bhuvaneshwari Devi. "We took the cement up, carried the sand, everything! And we even told them where to place the tank"! She went on to narrate how the women's group of which she is a member, taught the men of the village that siting a tank in the stream will place it in danger of being washed away. It is better, they said, to place it beside the stream and further protect it with walls of rock.

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NGT tells Mahagenco to use clean coal

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The rural-urban divide in access to sanitation reduces: UN

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