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Rs 111 crore for water supply in Fatehgarh Sahib 18.6.2018 The Tribune

Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 17

The state government has sanctioned Rs111.53 crore under the Punjab Rural Water and Sanitation Sector Improvement Project (PRWSSIP) for 100 villages of 440 in the district, where the quality of drinking water is poor.

This was revealed by Kanwalpreet Brar, Deputy Commissioner. She said the objective was improved water supply and sanitation services to the rural community. She said tenders had been floated and work would start shortly.

At present, water supply schemes based on tubewells are covering all villages in the district, but since groundwater sources are found to be unsustainable over a period, it has become necessary to use surface water from available resources for drinking water supply schemes, she added.

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Village in C'garh grapples with spate of kidney ailments 17.6.2018 The Tribune
Raipur, June 17 Residents of a small village in Chhattisgarh's Gariaband district are battling with kidney-related ailments, which have claimed 64 lives in the last one decade. The government authorities are yet to find the exact cause of these ailments, though residents of the Supebeda village said the contaminated drinking water was taking a toll on their health. The village, deep inside a forest with barely any proper road to reach there, is located nearly 12 km from the Deobhog town in the Naxal-hit Gariaband district and around 220 km away from the state capital. Supebeda has a population of around 1,500, comprising mostly Scheduled Caste (SC) and Tribal people. Ironically, while the Deobhog area is known for diamond deposits, its natives say they have no access to basic amenities like clean drinking water and health facilities. As per the state health department records, 64 people died due to kidney related ailments since 2009 in the village. Tarun Kumar Sinha, 30, who is suffering from a kidney ...
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Govt’s tall claims proved hollow 17.6.2018 The Tribune
Residents of Sector 70, Mohali, are facing an acute water shortage despite the loud claims of the government of making Mohali a smart city. We have failed to understand what the authorities are doing for the welfare of residents who pay their water bills regularly. Though Mohali witnessed heavy rain on Saturday, there was no water supply till 7.45 pm. In many areas of Mohali, there is no water problem as residents get water from tube wells. Here in Sector 70 also, there is a tube well, but it is non-functional since many years.  SURJIT  Whose fault is this? This refers to the news report "Dust blankets Punjab, Haryana: Chandigarh airport remains shut" (Chandigarh Tribune, June 16). It was frustrating to learn that all national and international flights from the Chandigarh International Airport remained suspended on Friday too, owing to low visibility due to a blanket of dust haze that covered Punjab and Haryana for the third day in a row. Despite the Chandigarh Airport being re-chrishtened as the ...
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Farmer commits suicide 16.6.2018 The Tribune
Barnala: A farmer, who was under debt, allegedly committed suicide in Dhaula village of Barnala district on Thursday night. The deceased had only two canals and was under Rs 5 lakh-debt. The deceased, identified as Bhalwant Singh, went to his fields on Thursday night to check water. But when he did not return, his family members started looking for him. They found him lying near a tubewell with a bottle of pesticide. “Bhalwant committed suicide by consuming pesticide on Thursday night. He committed suicide because he was under debt. The body has been handed over to the family after conducting a post-mortem examination,” said Manjit Singh, SHO of the Rureke Kalan police station. TNS Prayers for Vajpayee Malout: BJP leaders here on Thursday evening went to the local ‘peerkhana’ to pray for the speedy recovery of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Harish Grover, Malout block president of the BJP, said, “We were 12 members who went to the ‘peerkhana’ to pray for the well-being of our favourite ...
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Elandha vada 14.6.2018 Downtoearth
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Rajasthan: Deadly heat kills chinkara & laughing dove 14.6.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
The reports of deaths of animals and birds in the state have emerged. In the Nosar village of Lohawat, hundreds of birds of a particular species known as laughing dove have died in past three days. On the other hand, 50 chinkara too lost their lives in the Bhadriya village of Jaisalmer due to getting stuck in the fencing. After the matter of the death of the birds came to light, a team of doctors of the Animal Husbandry Department reached Nosar village and collected the samples of the dead birds. The samples were then sent for research and the reason of the death will be revealed once the report is out. Although, the doctors are claiming that prima facie it looks that food poisoning could be the cause of the death of the birds. During the inspection, the team of doctors also collected samples of water from the nearby reservoirs and tubewells. Along with this, the medical team has asked the villagers to consult the physician immediately after complaints like fever or vomiting and diarrhea. Apart from this ...
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Problem of water scarcity in our city 13.6.2018 Central Chronicle » Bhopal
Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, During summer, there arise the problem of water scarcity in our city. This time it was even more grave as sources of water like lake, ponds, wells have dried u rapidly. The condition was so pathetic that there was no water for drinking also. Seeing such miserable condition, Mr. P. Aravindakshan of […]
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Villagers protest fish death in reservoir 13.6.2018 The Tribune
Our Correspondent Abohar, June 12 Bhagsar village residents, supported by the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Kadian), on Tuesday staged a dharna at the office of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer here to protest against the death of fish in the rural water works. They raised slogans for two hours, but none invited them to discuss the issue. Villagers on Monday had thrown drinking water from their domestic containers fearing contamination. The Block Development and Panchayat Office had reportedly expressed inability to get the water reservoirs cleaned, citing shortage of funds and advised villagers to take up the job at their own cost. The protesters met Sub-Divisional Magistrate Poonam Singh and complained about the “apathetic” attitude of BDPO Bhupinder Singh. The SDM summoned the BDPO to record his statement in 24 hours. She also told the Water and Sanitation Department (Public Health) to get the reservoir cleaned soon. She assured the villagers to address the problem on priority. A team of senior ...
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Produce of farmers sowing paddy before time will not be procured 13.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Bathinda, June 12 On the directions of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Government of Punjab, Kahan Singh Pannu, the Director, Agriculture, Dr Jasbir Singh Bains, today convened a meeting with the block agriculture officers and other members of the field staff. Dr Bains said to arrest the depleting level of underground water, the state government has issued Punjab Preservation of Sub Soil Water Act, 2009, notification making it mandatory not to sow paddy before June 20. The main aim is to check the continuous depletion of underground water that is receding at 50 cm every year. Agriculture officers were directed to appeal to farmers not to sow paddy before June 20. If a farmer does not abide by the government rules, then the tubewell connections to his fields will be cut off. Also, the produce of such farmers will not be procured in the market and it can be destroyed any time before the crop ripens. He directed the field officers to prepare a list of farmers sowing paddy ...
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PSPCL launches pilot project to give cash incentive to farmers for using less electricity 13.6.2018 Chandigarh – The Indian Express
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Punjab Environment Minister OP Soni sets two-month deadline for dyeing industry to follow rules 13.6.2018 Chandigarh – The Indian Express
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Diarrhoea : 2 die in F’bad villages 13.6.2018 The Tribune

Diarrhoea : 2 die in F’bad villages

Fatehabad, June 12

A week after 200 people had taken ill due to diarrhoea in Babanpur village of Fatehabad, a 14-year-old girl and a 45-year-old woman died in Nagal village of the district due to outbreak of the disease.

While 14-year-old Sapna died on Monday, Lakhmi Bai (45) died on Sunday. Dr VK Jain, a consultant at the Civil Hospital, Ratia, maintained that Lakhmi died before the outbreak of the disease.

He said samples of drinking water taken from Babanpur village were found unfit for human consumption. “Samples have also been taken from Nangal village,” — TNS

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Green drives in the city 12.6.2018 Hindu: S & T
Tree plantation in the city picks up pace as the monsoons arrive
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A fruit to treat diabetes 12.6.2018 Downtoearth
Elandha vada is a traditional nutritional snack that is fast disappearing from our food basket
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Ahmedabad: 652 cases of waterborne diseases in June 12.6.2018 DNA: Mumbai
A health bulletin issued by the health department of the civic body revealed on Monday that Ahmedabad witnessed 652 waterborne cases in first nine days of June. There are three cases of cholera reported during the same period. Cases of gastroenteritis were 374, 139 cases of typhoid and 136 cases of jaundice have been reported for the same period. The team also collected 1158 samples of water. 147 cases of malaria have been reported. Article ...
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Dead fish found in Abohar reservoir 12.6.2018 The Tribune
Our Correspondent Abohar, June 11 After dead fish were found floating in the rural water works at Bhagsar village, 12 km from Abohar near the state highway, on Monday, villagers threw drinking water from their domestic containers fearing contamination of water. Residents said the Department of Panchayats and Rural Development had placed the gram panchayat under suspension due to some controversies long time ago. A five-member ad hoc committee that looks after the village affairs had deployed staff to run the water works also. The Block Development and Panchayat Office had expressed inability to get the water reservoirs cleaned, citing shortage of funds and advised villagers to take up the job at their own cost. No efforts were made to get the work done under the MGNREGA, villagers resented. In Abohar and Khuyiansarwer blocks, the Panchayat Samitis are headed by women having allegiance with the SAD-BJP alliance. In the Vidhan Sabha elections, Congress nominee Nathu Ram was elected MLA but he did not visit ...
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Delhi’s groundwater plummets 11.6.2018 Downtoearth
As groundwater levels fall to crisis levels, the government moves to limit use of borewells, but activists say it's not enough, and not based on any information of water needs and usages
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Think long term, act short term, before it’s too late 11.6.2018 The Tribune
No doubt, there is a scarcity of water and power in summer. But some steps can be taken to overcome this problem. As the watering the plants is banned, the washing of cars at homes must be stopped in the city in the month of June. Dual flush toilets can be installed at government offices. To save power, the supply to households must be fixed and a penalty should be imposed if the consumption goes beyond that. Parents must encourage children to sit together. Every person should save every drop of water and power. Solar panels must be installed in housing societies. Anju Behl, Chandigarh Devise system to  penalise officials  The MC has been highly proactive in imposing penalties for even losing a parking slip for which one has already paid but might not be familiar with the word “commitment”. When the public is forced to pay through the nose, the MC must ensure the delivery of services in an appropriate manner or device a policy under which the public must have  right to penalise authorities for not ...
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Groundwater depletion alarming in Moga 11.6.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Moga, June 10 Until a few years ago, Rajinder Singh made a living by growing maize, wheat, paddy and vegetables on his 7-acre land at Takhtupura village in Nihalsinghwala sub-division of the district. But, for the past few years, he is struggling to make both ends meet even as he has increased his landholding to 12 acres. The groundwater level has gone down drastically. He has reinstalled two submersible pumps at a depth of more than 400 ft and 650 ft in the past one decade. It has put an extra financial burden on him. He says, “A decade ago, we use to drink water from hand-pumps which were installed just 20 ft to 30 ft, but, these days the hand-pumps have almost disappeared.” The input cost of farming has increased manifold over the past few years. During the peak paddy season, farmers use diesel generator sets or tractor operated pulleys to pump out water, which also adds to the cost. He now plans to cultivate half of his land and leave the rest for livestock hoping on his two sons ...
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A sea of memories 10.6.2018 Free Press Journal: Weekend
The sea makes me think of salt. Salt everywhere. In my mouth. In my eyes. In my hair. In my bones. I
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