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A suburb of Agra, Nehar ka Nagla, found itself without access to potable water. The solution came from within the slum and it wasn't water tankers.

Historically, Agra has had decentralized water systems that were derived from a riverine core and supplemented by numerous lakes, wells and baolis (step wells). The system was a synthesis of geography, excellent Mughal fluvial engineering and an involved citizenry. Unfortunately,  much has been lost over the years.

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After food security it is time to think seriously about water security. The Government of India has tried since 1947 through various policies to ensure water security. But in India over one lakh people die of water borne diseases annually. It is mainly the rural people who do not get safe drinking water. Access to safe and clean drinking water in sufficient quantity is still a challenge for some people. Recognising this National Rural Drinking Water Programme encourages the state governments to devolve management of rural water supply schemes to Panchayti Raj Institutions (PRI).

News this week: India moves up on the Global Hunger Index, Churu on its way to total sanitation and Phailin affected areas face drinking water stress.

India moves up two notches on the Global Hunger Index

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For more information on the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD), please click here.

To view details of the vacancy offered, click here.

November 11, 2013 12:00AM

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For more information on the organisation, please click here.

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November 15, 2013 12:00AM

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For details on this yatra, please click here.

To register for the same, click here.

The draft agenda and the background note for the same are attached below.

October 22, 2013 1:00PM - October 24, 2013 4:30PM
October 22, 2013 12:00PM

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India to map aquifers using choppers

Ministry of Water Resources starts Rs. 41 crore pilot project that is going to utilise the aerial geophysical techniques to find clean and safe drinking water. 

UN tags Odisha's disaster management as a landmark success story

Not only is the condition of the toilets in many village schools in UP poor but also children are being discriminated upon because they belong to lower castes and "don't clean the toilets properly".

Every school needs good students and students need good sanitation. According to India Sanitation Portal, access to sanitary toilets not only ensures dignity of the individual but also positively impacts health, well-being and productivity, reduces drop-out rates and encourages regular attendance in schools.

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The Total Sanitation Campaign, a initiative of the Government to make India free from open defecation hasn't achieved all that it set out to. The graphs tell the true story.

Prabha, 23 years old lives in Mankapur village in Uttar Pradesh. She recently delivered a baby boy at home. Prabha has never used a toilet in her life. Every day of her pregnancy, she woke up before dawn, carried a mug of water and went 1.2 km away in the fields to defecate. The only care that was provided to Prabha was a teenager girl sent with her to the fields (miles away from the house) at the time of pre-dawn. She continues to do this after she has had her baby also.

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Phailin creates less destruction as expected

The super cyclone hits the coasts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh weaker as anticipated but may lead to heavy rains inducing floods in Bihar and north Chhattisgarh.

2013 marks highest number of environment cases

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