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Water Conservation

Common sense delivers

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2010
Standing in his private water reservoir—the quality doesn’t seem to need any certification— is a man who doesn’t have to wake up at odd hours when the municipality supplies water. He doesn’t need to deepen his borewell every year.

Their own suppliers

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2010
Thirty-something Gulab Kunju remembers the days when she would drink milk to quench thirst because drinking water was scarce. Her village Dhaurada had three hand pumps to meet the needs of more than 120 families settled in four hamlets. Each day she would make several trips to the nearest hand pump on the outskirts of her hamlet.

Our Commonwealth

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2010
Handball competitions in the Commonwealth Games 2010 will provide an additional satisfaction.

Stop looking to government

Issue Date: May 15, 2010
This might sound perverse but this writer actually likes the water and power crises that is upon us. It is poetry to one who has long lamented young journalists’ lack of attention to the shortage of power and water and, of course, to the piling heaps of garbage in every city.

Ritual ease

Author(s): Bharat Lal Seth
Issue Date: Apr 15, 2010
Maulana Talib Hussein does not find it easy to squat. Yet five times a day, the 64-year-old must get into that position to perform wudu , Arabic for the Islamic norm of cleaning.

'We improve life through natural resources'

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2009
On your inspiration I studied engineering, but was convinced I was not meant for it. During my stint with Ford Foundation, I worked with a doctor couple from Johns Hopkins University, USA. They were training rural women in Maharashtra as community health workers. I realized that is exactly what I wanted to do. On PRADAN I conceived of the organization, but Vijay Mahajan, the co-founder of PRADAN, was instrumental in giving it shape. PRADAN works in seven states,

Single drops of water make the mighty economy

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2009
The 2009 Southwest monsoon has finally arrived in many parts of the country--with a vengeance in several places--leading to flash floods and loss of lives. With images of rain and news of reservoirs getting filled up pouring down TV sets, our macro-economists are seemingly clueless about the damage the delayed and deficient monsoon will cause. Agriculture plays a marginal role in the nation's gdp numbers and so, even if the crops fail, it will not make a dent in the growth rate, they say. Then the stock market is going up, all growth fundamentals are sound.

Toilet training

Author(s): Bharat Lal Seth
Issue Date: Sep 15, 2009

Desperate for rains

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2009
Mumbai municipality to induce rains; activists call it a sham torrential rains pounded Mumbai in the last week of June, but failed to help the city tide over the severe water shortage. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai is now making frantic efforts to ease the crisis. On July 15, its standing committee decided to induce artificial rains through cloud seeding. As per plan, cloud seeding will be carried out in two phases. In the first phase starting end of July, silver iodide will be burnt in the open air so that

Rain or no rain

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2009
Last fortnight a dominant image on TV screens was drought. This fortnight, vast parts of the country drowned in water. An uncertain, unpredictable and variable monsoon is still impacting us. Late rain has delayed or jeopardized sowing; or intense rain has thrown life asunder and flowed away rapidly, creating months of (future) scarcity. Regional variations are huge, too. So there is drought in otherwise moist northeast and in paddy-growing Punjab and Haryana. A different monsoon, perhaps signalling the climate-changing times ahead.
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