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Paddy, tube wells and depleting groundwater: Why Punjab's water resources are under strain -Vikas Vasudeva

-The Hindu Rice cultivation in Punjab, which thrived in the past due to the easy availability of water resources and free supply of electricity to farmers, is under considerable strain now. Vikas Vasudeva examines how overexploitation has made groundwater not only scarce but also increasingly alkaline. Gurmeet Singh, 60, a tall land-owning farmer in Bhattiwal Khurd village, which is located in Punjab’s Sangrur district, has yet again planted the water-guzzling paddy crop this summe

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The very idea of the NRC is wrong -Prabhat Patnaik

e Telegraph Its only usefulness could be to determine how Assam might be recompensed for coping with the magnitude of immigration Boris Johnson is no vaishnavite saint; nor is he a leftist interNationalist. According to Donald Trump people see him as the “British Trump” and, judging by the cabinet he has picked as prime minister, with a hard-Right home secretary, and the company he kept during the Brexit referendum which included Nig

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Kashmiri press went offline but still reported on Article 370 -- despite all the odds -Ipsita Chakravarty

squo;s most widely circulated English daily, on August 6. “Over 550 political workers, leaders detained in Kashmir” was its front page headline on August 8, sharing space with a report on National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visiting villages in South Kashmir. On August 9: “Revocation of Article 370 historic decision: PM Modi”. On August 10: “Eid celebrations, return of Hajj pilgrims our priority”. There was also

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Under Ayushman Bharat, hospitals use bizarre ways to siphon off funds -Ishita Mishra

ients whose surgeries had already been completed elsewhere. Yet others claimed money by submitting records of surgeries done on patients who were perfectly healthy. Sample this. When a team of the National Health Authority (NHA), which visited Uttarakhand in May for a physical verification of beneficiaries, met a patient, they were in for a surprise. The man was listed as someone who needed emergency hip replacement surgery. But he was merrily driv

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'Population explosion a worry', govt schemes needed to control it: PM

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday placed the issue of “population explosion” on the National front-burner, calling it a challenge and exhorting the Centre and states to devise schemes to tackle it. In his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort, Modi said the rising population was a cause for worry and posed new challenges for the present and the future. He said citizens with small families n

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Data on AES related deaths in Bihar during May-June this year is fraught with confusion

cases and deaths related to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) was unavailable for the month of June. For quite some time, the website (https://www.nvbdcp.gov.in) of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) gave data pertaining to encephalitis cases and deaths till April, 2019. Media reports and opinion pieces (prepared mostly on the basis of field visits) that got published during June-July 2019,

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A reality check on India's renewable energy capacity -Shouvik Chakraborty

as fossil fuels. Taking advantage of these lower costs, other developing economies like China and Brazil have performed much better than India in renewable energy generation. According to the InterNational Renewable Energy Agency, these countries currently rank the first and third respectively in terms of production of renewable energy. Please click here to read more.

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Death toll rises to 92 in rain-battered Kerala

-The Hindu More heavy rainfall forecast for 48 hours Thiruvananthapuram: The death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala went up to 92 on Tuesday, even as the southwest monsoon again showed signs of intensifying over Kerala, sparking fears of fresh flooding. The India Meteorology Department (IMD) has issued a heavy rainfall warning for eight districts for Wednesday. According to a bulletin issued by the weather office on Tuesday evening, the low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal i

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Irrigation could be delaying monsoon in India, cautions IPCC study -TV Jayan

nsoon and decrease its intensity,” the report said, quoting studies carried out in the past. Beneficial for some Irrigating farms in India may be having an unfavourable outcome within its National boundaries but it’s probably having some beneficial impact in faraway places. According to a global modelling study published in 2016, irrigation in India is increasing rainfall in the Horn of Africa. This IPCC special report, authore

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Jammu and Kashmir: BJP wants some curbs to be put on 'outsiders' over land, govt jobs -Arun Sharma

h there was some easing of restrictions in Jammu Saturday, official sources said several opposition politicians of the province too have been placed under house arrest. They include Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party chairman Harsh Dev Singh, Dogra Swabhiman Sanghthan founder Choudhary Lal Singh and Congress leader Raman Bhalla, all former ministers. Dev Singh told The Sunday Express he hadn’t been allowed out for four days. Sources sa

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