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Bihar, U.P. & West Bengal are worst affected by Arsenic contamination in groundwater, says recent report

arsenic concentration in groundwater samples greater than 0.05 mg per litre, followed by Uttar Pradesh (5) and Assam & Punjab (3 each). There are altogether 26 districts/ UTs in the country with Arsenic contamination in groundwater greater than 0.05 mg per litre. Source: Arsenic hotspots in groundwater in India (2019), Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, please click here to access  --- If one c

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Arsenic contamination in groundwater killing villagers in Ballia -Tarun Kanti Bose

ern Uttar Pradesh where villagers commonly suffer from afflictions such as itchy skin lesions, changes in skin colour, and hardening and thickening of skins into nodules. These afflictions are due to Arsenic contamination of their drinking water sources. A few decades ago, Ekawana Rajpur was on the southern bank of the Ganga. The river then changed its course and devoured agricultural lands and homesteads. The displaced villagers settled on the nor

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Arsenic levels in water of city suburbs go up -Jayanta Gupta

North 24-Parganas, about 60 km from Kolkata, a report by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) has revealed. In some cases, arsenic levels have gone up by up to 200%, the report states. Arsenic contamination in the Gaighata-Teghoria belt was first reported by The Times of India on August 24, 2015. On November 27, 2015, NGT directed WBPCB to carry out a study in Gaighata. This was done on December 12, 2015 and samples from 55 bore wel

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The business of malnutrition -Veena Shatrugna & Sylvia Karpagam

rld Health Organization says cyanotoxins and heavy metal toxicity can cause irreversible nerve, bone and tissue damage. The Chinese State Food and Drug Administration reported that lead, mercury, and Arsenic contamination is widespread in spirulina supplements, and recalled all spirulina products in 2012. Pre-school children require between 1,000 and 1,500 calories every day. The food calories must come from a variety of food sources so that childr

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IIT-Kharagpur develops arsenic filter for the aam aadmi

rshendu De, the head of chemical engineering department, the Innovation Award 2016 from the Indian Desalination Association (South Zone). "In India and Bangladesh, it is generally agreed that Arsenic contamination of groundwater is of geological origin and derives from the geological strata. More than 200 million people are affected worldwide by arsenic menace and over 100 million people in India and Bangladesh are exposed to More »

Arsenic contamination on the rise: 1 lakh dead, 3 lakh suffering -Chetan Chauhan

-Hindustan Times Arsenic contamination is spreading fast in 12 states and beyond, with around one lakh people already dead and the chemical entering the food chain through farm products in the region, a committee of secretaries in a report to the government has said. The committee has also estimated that 7.04 crore people have been affected, with around three lakh people having arsenic-related diseases in the country. Of them, the report said,

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Treated pond water brings relief in eastern India's arsenic belt -Akhtar Ali

ic," said Ghosh, a cook in Madhusudankati village, which lies 75km north-east of Kolkata. "It has come truly as a wonderful gift to poor people like us." Due to the high levels of Arsenic contamination in groundwater in at least eight districts in West Bengal , environmental experts have long suggested the use of surface water as a better solution to the region's water crisis. More than 5 million people in West Bengal were dri

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Arsenic-affected village now selling packaged drinking water

ject was Rs.20 lakh, shared between the French organisation ‘1001 Fontaines', Sulabh and the villagers. Ground water in nine districts of West Bengal including North 24 Parganas has severe Arsenic contamination which has affected around 16 million people in rural areas and 12 million in urban areas, said K.J. Nath, president of the Institution of Public Health Engineers. According to the World Health Organisation, drinking arsenic-rich

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Call for ‘mission mode’ to tackle Arsenic contamination

-The Hindu Expressing serious concern over the extent of Arsenic contamination in groundwater that has affected nearly 70 million people in 86 districts across 10 States, a Parliamentary panel led by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has favoured "mission mode'' approach by the Centre to deal with the problem. Dr. Joshi tabled the first report of the Committee on Estimates on ‘Occurrence of High Arsenic Content in Ground Wa

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Contaminated water leading to cancer, fear Indian villagers -Neeta Lal

gered encephalitis, jaundice and typhoid, mostly among the poor who live in dismal sanitation conditions. According to a 2012 study, Finger Print of Arsenic Contaminated Water in India-A Review, Arsenic contamination has been reported widely across northern Indian states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Groundwater Arsenic contamination has also been identified in the lower Gan

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