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  • S'pore, Pak face extreme water stress by 2040; India a tad better

    As many as 33 countries, including 11 from the Middle East, could face extremely high water stress in 2040, according to a new analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI).

    While among Asian nations, the list includes Pakistan and Afghanistan besides, surprisingly, Singapore, India and China do not find mention in it.

    The 33 countries are expected to record extremely high water stress as defined by ratio of withdrawals to supply being over 80 per cent.


  • US company says paid bribes to bag India water projects

    US-based global construction management company Louis Berger has confessed to "improper business activities" by some of its former senior personnel in several Asian countries. The self-reporting on the issue has got the company a three-year deferred prosecution agreement and $17.1 million in fines as the final US Government settlement.

    But, the issue has brought the spotlight on the murky dealings going on in India, where contracts worth millions of dollars for water projects are coming up for grabs.


  • India plans Rs 50,000 cr spend under mega irrigation scheme

    With the aim of increasing farm productivity and improve water use efficiency, the Narendra Modi Government has announced that an amount of Rs 50,000 crore would be spent over the next five years under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana.

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Modi, has given its approval to the new scheme with an outlay of Rs 50,000 crore from 2015-16 to 2019-20. The allocation for the current financial year was Rs 5300 crore.


  • Indus basin among world's most stressed aquifers: Study

    Even as global groundwater dependence is on the rise, two new studies led by the University of California, Irvine, have pointed out that a third of the world’s biggest groundwater basins are not only in distress, but the reserves they hold are likely to be far smaller than previously thought.

    The studies revealed that significant segments of Earth’s population are consuming groundwater quickly without knowing when it might run out.


  • Namami Gange scheme given Rs 20000 crore budget

    The Indian Cabinet has given its approval to the Government's ambitious Namami Gange programme, the integrated conservation mission for cleaning up the Ganga river, and given it a whopping budget of Rs 20,000 crore for the next five years.

    The programme, being taken up under the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), will see the Central Government take over 100 per cent funding of various activities or projects being taken up.



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.


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.