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Water Management

In crisis

Author(s): Ganesh Pangare
Issue Date: Mar 31, 1997
JODHPUR was founded in AD 1495. While selecting a site for locating the city, its builders must have given serious thought to its water potential and strategic situation.

"We are starved of funds"

Issue Date: Mar 31, 1997
On the re-emergence of diseases that were believed to have been either eliminated or had subsided of their own accord:

Pure stuff

Author(s): S K Gupta, P Sharma
Issue Date: Jan 31, 1997
improved lifestyles in both rural and urban areas necessarily mean better availability and use of water. The emphasis for our planners should, therefore, be on providing the required amount of water at affordable costs in a manner that does not deplete or degrade the source.

Finding the course at last

Issue Date: Jan 15, 1997
with Prime Minister (pm) Sheikh Hasina Wajed of Bangladesh and her Indian counterpart H D Deve Gowda signing the 30-year agreement on sharing of the Ganga waters, it seems that the two countries have finally resolved their long-standing dispute. The treaty is the third of its kind, after 1975 and 1977, and has been hailed by both the pm s as being "fair and just".

In Focus

Issue Date: Jan 15, 1997
Parched and thirsty. A more gloomier scenario could not have been predicted for Asian countries in the coming years by the World Bank (WB). And this is in spite of the periodic floods that visit unfortunate shores in China, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and elsewhere. Water supplies in Asia, earlier in plenty, have become scarce due to rapid industrial expansion, rising standards of living and growing populations. A break-up of several Asian countries foresees drought-like conditions for most. A recent

Water rows

Issue Date: Nov 30, 1996
a new United Nations ( un ) agency, set up primarily to resolve conflicts of the sea, has taken shape. Inaugurated mid-October in Hamburg by the un secretary general, Boutros Boutros Ghali, the tribunal will administer the un Convention on the Law of the Sea ( unclos ) to solve water disputes.

In the nick of time

Issue Date: Oct 15, 1996

The unsilenced valley

Author(s): Rahul
Issue Date: Jun 15, 1996
VISITORS to the remote Sondwa block of Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh (MP) are often taken aback by the sight of water scaling the steep hills to irrigate fields. This seeming defiance of the law of gravity is a system devised by Bhil tribals which takes advantage of the peculiarities of the terrain to divert water from swiftly flowing hilly streams into irrigation channels called pats.

Shifting dimensions

BJP's policies on science and technology (1991 manifesto) have come a long way from those envisioned in the 1984 elections. With a clear pro-urban bias, the 1984 manifesto had promised to evolve 'appropriate technology for Indian industrial needs", and develop high tech areas like -biochemistry, cybernetics, avionics, electronics, nuclear technology and technotrony'. The party had also promised to stem brain drain. Research priorities, thus, neglected the need of science and technological inputs into the rural agricultural sector.

Bisalpur: rehab problems

An agitation against the O"pur dam (at the cortfluence of Banas and Dal II Tonk district Rajasthan, has not @etl@, a sympathetic chord with the stake govem- ment The dam, which envisages providing drinking water to several districts besides irrigating 1.7 larkh ha of land, will affect 70,000 People. The gisatpur Project Affected Coordination Committee Is spearheading the agi- tation. According to it, the farmers are being paid much less than the prevailing market rates for their land. No compen ' satory land Is available for the landless, while the adult sons and daughters have
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