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  • River pollution threatens health, livelihoods of millions in Asia

    Hundreds of millions of people in Asia are at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases as up to a half of all river stretches in the region are affected by severe pathogen pollution, a new report by the United Nations has warned.

    Health and livelihoods of some 323 million people in Asia, Africa and Latin America are threatened by increasing levels of pollution in rivers, with Asia being the hardest hit, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said in “A Snapshot of the World’s Water Quality: Towards a Global Assessment".

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  • India's river inter-linking plan is a Rs 5,60,000 crore-project

    Even as the Ken-Betwa link project, the first of the ambitious river inter-linking scheme gets delayed due to environmental strictures, the Centre has said as much as Rs 5,60,000 crore would be needed for undertaking all projects.

    A massive Rs 3,75,000 crore is likely to be spent on undertaking 14 link projects under the Himalayan component while the peninsular component of the project, with 16 links, is likely to cost Rs 1,85,000 crore.

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  • Water stress affects 2 bn people worldwide, more may get hit

    Water stress currently affects more than 2 bn people around the globe and the figure is projected to rise, the inaugural Sustainable Development Goals Report released by the United Nations recently, has warned. Water stress affects countries on every continent, which hinders the sustainability of natural resources as well as economic and social development, the report said.

    In 2015, 6.6 bn people, or 91 per cent of the global population, used an improved drinking water source, compared with 82 per cent in 2000.

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  • India's water storage inches up, but woes far from over

    With the monsoon gaining momentum in the past several days, water level in India's key reservoirs has seen a significant rise.

    Experts, however, remain cautious if rains alone would help ease drinking water woes being faced across large parts of the country.

    In one week alone, the storage status of 91 major reservoirs of the country, tracked by the Central Water Commission (CWC), rose a hefty 11 per cent.

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  • India puts Smart City Mission into implementation mode

    India's ambitious Smart City Mission has taken off with Prime Minister Narendra Modi putting the flagship programme into implementation mode with launch of 14 projects of Pune’s Smart City Plan.

    The launch on June 25 comes a year after Modi set off the mission by releasing the Mission Guidelines. Along with the 14 smart city projects in Pune, the PM initiated 69 other works in other 19 smart cities in the country that were selected in the first round, while making a strong pitch to consider urbanisation as an opportunity to mitigate poverty.

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FROM GREECE TO INDIA, PEOPLE SAFEGUARD WATER FOR THE COMMON GOOD

The successes in Greece and Indonesia demonstrate civil society wants to keep water in public hands. And yet the World Bank continues its dogmatic promotion of privatization.

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Degrees of Thirst: The World’s Water Supply

It’s no secret that there is a water crisis in many developing countries around the world. Many people everyday go without clean water. More people have access to a mobile phone than they do to a toilet.

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