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Mihir Shah Committee report recommends a paradigm shift in water management

er waters is not adversely affected by human activities), aviral dhara (continuous flow in time and space including maintenance of connectivity of flow in each river system), swachh kinara (clean and AESthetic river banks), the country needs professionals specializing in River Ecology • Several state governments testified that huge delays in techno-economic appraisal by CWC had become a matter of concern • Most large states have develo

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Punjab farmers plagued by pests and payment crunch -AESha Datta

-The Hindu Business Line Sangrur and Samrala: In normal times, the grain mandi of Samrala is abuzz with the hum of agrarian commerce. These days, however, it lies virtually vacant, with only a handful of farmers coming to sell their produce. Joginder Singh Sahni says that usually the mandi is full of wheat and rice farmers selling their goods. Commission agents and other links on the commercial chain add to the decibel level. Sahni, who has come to the mandi to sell basmati rice, says th

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14% of pellet gun victims in Kashmir are below 15 -Peerzada Ashiq

-The Hindu Young victims require complicated surgeries under anAESthesia, many for damage to their eyes. Srinagar: Eight-year-old Junaid Ahmad on Sunday became the latest victim of ‘targeted fire’ when he was shot at from close range by a pellet gun, resulting in extensive injuries to his chest. Junaid is the latest to figure in the grim statistics showing that 14 per cent of those injured by pellets since July 9 are below the age

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Dumbing down a pliable workforce -Rohit Dhankar

on as it is needed for an awareness of cultural heritage. The knowledge which is required to understand the world, natural and social, to understand human life, to appreciate human achievements in AESthetic fields, for sheer intellectual delight, etc. is not indicated at all, as every single mention of knowledge is also associated with the knowledge-economy or knowledge for skills. Knowledge to gain insight into human existence, to enter the com

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Letting them off easy -Manju Menon & Kanchi Kohli

nd mines. As more and more projects have been proposed on forests, common lands, coastal areas, and freshwater lakes over the years, citizens have brought to bear on this clearance process, values of AESthetics, attachment, sustenance, risk and trusteeship. Unsurprisingly, this complicates decision-making on big-ticket projects, and has earned this law many epithets such as ‘stumbling block’, ‘bottleneck’ and ‘green hurdl

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Draft water bill proposes ‘water for life’ for all -Amitabh Sinha

gical unity”, the draft law asks governments to strive for rejuvenation of river systems by ensuring Aviral Dhara (continuous flow), Nirmal Dhara (unpolluted flow), and Swachh Kinara (clean and AESthetic river banks). An integrated river basin development and management plan in each of the basins is supposed to be drawn up, and all water-resource projects in that basin or its sub-basins need to conform to that plan. To deal with inter-state w

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RTI gets a memorial in Rajasthan -Mohammed Iqbal

l textbooks. Hundreds of people from all walks of life, who gathered at Chang Gate in Beawar on Thursday night to commemorate the historic 40-day dharna of 1996 for RTI, witnessed unveiling of the AESthetically-built memorial and demanded restoration of chapters dealing with common people’s contribution to RTI in the textbooks. The dark blue memorial, is perhaps the only structure of its kind in the country, giving recognition to peasants

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Counting the girls -P Anima

ather quiet in the maternity ward too, the silence only ruptured periodically by wailing infants. Twenty-four-year-old Manpreet Kaur has had her second baby girl a day ago and is exhausted after the cAESarean delivery. As her baby begins a spirited bawl, the two grandmothers sitting on the adjacent bed, get up to take a look. Kaur’s three-and-a half-year-old older child is sleeping on the grandmother’s bed, while her husband, a lineman, is

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VP provokes editors: ‘24X7 agitation’ putting pressures -Aditi Tandon

ing,” he said. As conversations oscillated between despair and hope, some participants asked very tough questions. Om Thanvi (formerly with Jansatta) and Krishna Prasad (Outlook) argued for CAESar’s wife to be above suspicion, saying editors’ integrity was the moot question to be addressed. Vinod Sharma (Hindustan Times) rued the end of wage board while Paranjoy Thakurta (Economic and Political Weekly) called for journalism to be

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