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Aidan Cronin, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New Delhi

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Monitoring of water, sanitation and hygiene service provision is a challenge the world over. Given the size and complexity of India, the need for robust monitoring that is linked to the field is even more pressing but also more challenging.

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Lalit Joshi, Ganga Sewa Mission, New Delhi

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Ganga Seva Mission is a nationwide movement to ensure uninterrupted free and natural flow, clean, pollution-free, flowing Ganga. According to the WWF report “World’s Top 10 Rivers at Risk” the river Ganga is amongst the top five polluted rivers of the world.

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Harshvardhan Dhawan, Arghyam

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Arghyam has engaged in various discussions on urban water related issues and has found that the contribution of groundwater to sustain urban growth is rarely acknowledged.Groundwater resources are complex in nature, and its systems have never been fully understood, which further leads to problems of quantity and quality.

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Twenty years of hard work and devotion has made Kalaivani from Vellitiruppur, Tamil Nadu a celebrity of sorts in the organic farming circles in Erode district and beyond.

Kalaivani, a single mother of three, took to farming after the loss of her husband almost two decades ago. Since then, she has grown all the crops on her farm without using chemical or synthetic pesticides or fertilisers. Over the last few years, she has focused her time and energy in growing organic cotton. 

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An innovative idea by a farmer in Chennimalai, Tamil Nadu lets farmers create their own liquid manure out of the cow dung and urine available in their own farms.

Nitrogen and phosphorus are essential for plant growth – that is common knowledge for farmers. Cow dung contains nitrogen – that is also common knowledge for farmers. Then why is it that many farmers look for costly solutions rather than use the abundant cow dung they have in their farms as manure? Luckily, one farmer did think of this.

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News this week - Tehri dam nears danger mark, Supreme Court stops dams in Uttarakhand and Maharashtra allows coal mining near rivers

Water level in Tehri dam near danger mark

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Sea turtles have survived for 66 million years but are dying more incidental deaths now thanks to mechanized fishing. Community-based conservation programmes are the answer to preserving the species.

Sea turtles, a globally endangered species, have been around since even before dinosaurs roamed the earth.

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