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Centre plans ‘1000 Springs initiative’ in bid to improve access to water for tribal population

-The New Indian Express In the first phase, a mapping would be carried out of the Springs that have dried up. NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is planning to launch ‘1000 Springs initiative’ in the states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh in order to restore dried up streams to make safe and adequate water accessible to the tribal population. In the first phase, the mapping would be carried out of...

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India has 20 river basins, all over-exploited -Sushmita Sengupta & Rashmi Verma

-Down to Earth Over 60 years after the country got its first plan to rejuvenate the rivers, not a single basin has been spared from overexploitation All the 20 river basins of the country share the story of the Cauvery: how human interference has changed every river’s form and flow pattern over the past few decades. Water in the country’s three major rivers — the Indus, the Brahmaputra and the Ganga — has...

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Uttarakhand's rivers quench the thirst of millions while its residents face water shortage -Mayank Aggarwal * Uttarakhand has vast water resources and is a lifeline for millions of people living in downstream areas. However, many areas in the state are facing a water shortage. * The hill state is going to polls in the first phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on April 11. In some constituencies, voters, dissatisfied with authorities for failing to provide water facilities, aim to register their protests, by boycotting the...

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As Farmers March to Delhi, Climate Change Fuels Their Larger Crisis -Nagraj Adve Perhaps we can visualise a farmers’ march 20 years from now, with one more demand: resettlement, for lands and homes they have lost to the vagaries of a shifting climate. A few years ago, a group of us from Delhi, along with members of the Gujarat Agricultural Labour Union and the International Union of Foodworkers, went to eastern Gujarat to speak to farmers about how a changing climate could be affecting...

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From a small patch Springs 968 varieties of paddy

-The Hindu Farmer Ghani Khan is a conservator at heart; his on-site exhibit has traditional strains of rice Mysuru: Armed with a degree in archaeology and museology from the University of Mysore, Ghani Khan of Kirugavalu in Malavalli taluk of Mandya district nurtured dreams of being a curator in a museum, conserving and showcasing heritage artefacts. But fate had other plans. He became a farmer, a family tradition, and his dreams of a...

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