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Arsenic: Lurking in the shadows across Ganga, Brahmaputra basins -Simran Sumbre & Trinayani Sen

-Down to Earth As the geography of Arsenic contamination spreads, there is an urgent need for governments to reorient mitigation measures. That’s because the focus till now has only been on drinking water, but new research says arsenic has contaminated our food chain Arseic contamination in groundwater is one of the most crippling issues in the drinking water scenario of India. According to the latest report of the Central Ground Water Board...

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

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR) in its latest report has identified arsenic hotspots across the country, most notably in the states of Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Please consult chart-3 to get an idea about the geographical spread of arsenic hotspots in India. On the basis of arsenic concentration in the range 0.01-0.05 mg per...

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

-Village Square High levels of arsenic in the water supply is afflicting many villages in eastern Uttar Pradesh but the government hasn’t been able to design and implement any program to contain the menace Ballia (Uttar Pradesh): Ekawana Rajpur is a village in Belhari administrative block along the banks of the Ganga and 16km from Ballia town in eastern Uttar Pradesh where villagers commonly suffer from afflictions such as itchy skin lesions,...

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

-The Times of India Kolkata: Despite intervention by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), arsenic levels in water have gone up significantly in the Gaighata Block of 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...

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The business of malnutrition -Veena Shatrugna & Sylvia Karpagam

-Down to Earth How companies are supplying unsafe and unverified nutrition supplements to children in Karnataka A curious case has emerged in Karnataka. Well-known companies, including Biocon, Jindal Steel and Scania, are supplying spirulina granules to undernourished and malnourished children enrolled in anganwadis (child daycare centres) under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), in direct contravention of a 2004 Supreme Court order which said, “Contractors shall not be used for supply...

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