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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.
Yamuna river

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.  
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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.
well

Why new policies are needed to tackle India’s orphaned wells with no water

It's time to realise that good times of groundwater development are behind us, and with it the dependability on food security and drinking water supply.
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Despite big push, Modi govt still has no guidelines to check illegal groundwater extraction

Panel set up by NGT in August to suggest measures to rein in illegal groundwater extraction is yet to come up with its report. Deadline ends this month.
Drought in India

Water bodies running dry at alarming rate due to groundwater depletion, reveals study

Additional effects of groundwater depletion include a sudden sinking of a chunk of land, which increases risk of floods.
A woman fetches water from a small tank outside her house in Beed district, Maharashtra| Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Patchwork laws can’t solve India’s water crisis, Modi govt must push these 2 key bills now

The water shortage in India needs to be addressed at all levels – ground and surface, state and Centre.
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UNICEF study shows why India needs to get cracking on becoming open defecation-free

In villages of Bihar, Odisha & Bengal where open defecation still occurs, even household water is 2.77 times likelier to have faecal matter than ODF villages.
SC tells Rajasthan to stay within 50 per cent quota limit

Vasundhara Raje banks on water to retain power in Rajasthan

Rajasthan government’s MJSA scheme is reviving water bodies and increasing groundwater levels, and Vasundhara Raje wants to make it her main poll plank. New Delhi: The BJP is hoping that the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan will be able to retain power in the crucial 2018 assembly polls riding on what it says is the success of a flagship scheme which promotes the revival of water bodies in villages and finds new solutions to increase the groundwater level. Raje knows the significance of water in the parched state, and according to sources, blames years of “neglect” for the drying up of wells and other sources of water. Come election season, the CM will bank heavily on the projects under the Mukhyamantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyaan (MJSA) to seek votes. “This is likely to be the main poll plank, and Raje will demand another term from voters, especially in villages, on work done under...

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.