Friday, 30 September, 2022

Topic: groundwater

Samaaj, Bazaar, Sarkaar—3 players that can save both India’s rivers and urban colonies

In 'Samaaj, Sarkaar, Bazaar: A Citizen-First Approach', Rohini Nilekani outlines her philosophy of restoring the balance between state and markets.

Punjab & Haryana’s 2009 policy to save water worsened air pollution, says ISRO study

The 2009 Act brought in by Punjab and Haryana had no impact on groundwater, shifted the crop harvesting window and stubble burning patterns to low wind season, worsening pollution.

Low enrolment & farmers ‘unpaid’ in Punjab’s ‘Pani Bachao, Paise Kamao’ scheme, but power saved

Just 4.69% power consumers in 200 villages under the scheme subscribe to it. Farmers complain they haven’t received promised benefits this year, awareness is also patchy.

9.1 crore Indians don’t have basic water supply. But India isn’t paying attention

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.

Don’t make safe water free for all. Those who can afford should pay

Those who can afford safe water should pay a reasonable price. But those who cannot pay for reasons beyond their control should get it for free.

Niti Aayog index shows agriculture booming in Punjab & Haryana, but environment paying price

Punjab & Haryana are among the states that fare poorly on the use of harmful nitrogenous fertilisers and groundwater, according to the Niti Aayog India Index 2021.

India could see winter crop cultivation shrink by 20% as groundwater depletes, study finds

Study by Indian and US researchers says that alternate plans needs to be devised as a complete switch to canal irrigation will not compensate for groundwater loss.

New industries in ‘over-exploited’ areas won’t get NOC to extract groundwater, govt proposes

The draft guidelines to regulate groundwater propose levying Rs 1 lakh environment compensation charge, and hefty penalties of up to Rs 10 lakh for violations.

States not on board, regulatory roadblocks — NDA’s river-linking project flows nowhere

Five states, including BJP-ruled Karnataka, have written to the Jal Shakti ministry to voice their opposition even as the first such project, the Ken-Betwa link, is in a limbo.  

Coming soon — govt lab in every district where you can test your water supply for toxins

Under the Har Ghar Nal Se Jal scheme, all states will have to establish water testing laboratories at all levels — state, districts and blocks.

On Camera


(L-R) Niharika NM, Danish Sait, Kusha Kapila and Tanmay Bhat on Koffee with Karan | YouTube screenshot

Koffee With Karan finale saves a boring season. Power has moved from Bollywood to influencers

The Koffee with Karan finale was finally entertainment, entertainment, entertainment, after the most boring season in a boycott-Bollywood world.
A file image of an Indian rupee note | Illustration: Thomas White/Reuters

Modi govt cuts planned borrowing to Rs 14.21 lakh crore for second half of FY23

Centre plans to borrow Rs 5.92 lakh crore in October-March period, compared with Rs 8.29 lakh crore of borrowing in the first half of the fiscal year that will end on September.


Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher produced in India and developed by the DRDO for the Army | Twitter/@DRDO_India

As tensions rise with Azerbaijan, Armenia buys Pinaka rockets & ammunition from India

The government-to-government contract, valued at about Rs 2,000 cr, is learnt to have been signed earlier this month. Supplies to be fast-tracked according to Armenia's requirement.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

AAP’s filling a big vacuum in Indian politics. Question is how long it can sustain without ideology

If you find admiration for AAP qualified, if not muted among many of the Modi-BJP’s critics, it is because they question it for its lack of ideological clarity. Especially on secularism.