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Water Conservation

Water budget

Author(s): S V SURESH BABU
Issue Date: Feb 28, 2006
The Union budget of 2005-06 had given the impression that the United Progressive Alliance (upa) government had a plan to promote water conservation and management. With the 2006-07 budget round the corner, now is a good time to look at how serious was upa's water plan.

New Religion

Author(s): Eklavya Prasad
Issue Date: Mar 31, 2002
THINK saffron. Think sadhus and sants, communal frenzy, the Gujarat pogrom, of swords raised to the sky and the battle cry of kar sevaks and their adversaries renting a fresh spring morning. Now take a break. Picture a rishi meditating on the edge of a temple tank - say, a postcard shot of a matted hair, unshaven, bare-chested ascetic immersed in deep thought gilded by the setting sun.

A water journey

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2001
This is a story of hope and of a major change.

Water warriors

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2001
A lot has been written on India's vast and ancient experience in rainwater harvesting. But no concrete effort has been made to use these traditional innovations. There is no village in India which cannot meet its drinking water needs if it adopts the kundi technology developed by the people of Rajasthan's Thar desert. The technology is very simple. One can take a piece of land and artificially slope it in a way that any water falling in this catchment area runs into a well in the centre or a side of the land.

Is the joyride over ?

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2000
It's been 50 years since politicians have been mouthing the slogan: Jai jawan, jai kisan (Long live soldiers, long live farmers). Now it has started to sound like a raucous chant, at least to the farmers struggling to survive. They till the soil harder, increase their spending to replenish their patch of land, but nothing helps. It is the marriage between science and farming practices that has failed. The more they try to revive it, the more they get mired in the labyrinth.

When the old gods died

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1998
this is an amazing story. A story that shows that India can start eradicating poverty very fast and very cheaply. This is the story of the degradation and the regeneration of Jhabua - a poor tribal district of Madhya Pradesh bordering Gujarat. In 1985, when I first visited the district, I thought I had been catapulted to the moon.

Infosys to switch to renewable energy, go carbon neutral

Issue Date: Dec 22, 2011
When did Infosys decide to tread the path of clean energy and efficient use of natural resources?  

Letters - December 31, 2011

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2011
Cautious Warning It appears that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has tightened its procedures in the hope of preventing errors in terms of the language used in its report (‘Future shock’, November 16-30, 2011).

Pee, poop and paani

Author(s): Bharat Lal Seth
Issue Date: Sep 19, 2011
It is often said that if you see someone in the Lion City (Singa-pura) with oriental features and in good humour, he or she must be either a Filipino or a Filipina. The average Singaporean does not emote freely. They ensure their intentions are not misinterpreted; rarely do they smile, or acknowledge an unknown person. And often they are accused of being staid and boring, yet envied the world over as they strive for perfection on all counts. This clinical obsession is deep-rooted in their psyche and extends to how they look at water.

Singapore taps its water

Author(s): Bharat Lal Seth
Issue Date: Sep 30, 2011
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