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Punjab civil secretariat in Chandigarh

This 1987-batch IAS officer is the front-runner for Punjab chief secretary’s post

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The river Ganga in Varanasi

Can Gangajal treat Covid-19? Modi govt wants a study, ICMR says no

After an NGO wrote to Modi govt's Ministry of Jal Shakti claiming Gangajal could cure Covid-19 and it should be studied, ICMR had been requested to do ‘further research’.
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.  
Nal Se Jal

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.
A woman carrying water on her head crosses a road in Bhopal District | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Plumber, mason, mechanic — new roles for rural women under Modi govt’s Jal Jeevan Mission

The Jal Shakti Ministry of the Modi govt has made it mandatory that each paani samiti in the gram sabhas should have 50 per cent women members.
Groundwater

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.
A woman carrying water on her head crosses a road in Bhopal District | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

How the business of water scarcity can be tackled in India

India is one of the 17 countries facing severe water stress. As the World Water Week comes to an end, this is what the state of climate financing looks like.
Village women wait with their metal pitchers for the water to get filled in the holes they dug in a dried-up pond during this summer in Palletummalapalem village near Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh

Modi govt’s promise of water for all faces monsoon challenge, infrastructural woes

Govt’s Jal Jeevan Mission is commendable but overcoming India’s challenges in terms of water availability and its demand is a daunting task.
Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

What’s Google got to do with India’s water shortage? Everything, says Jal Shakti ministry

Jal Shakti ministry's presentation on water conservation ends up focusing on the scheme's success in trending on Google Analytics and Twitter.
Water pots lined up for filling in Chennai

Modi govt plans to charge rural India nominal fee for piped water under Nal Se Jal

This is one of the many models being considered under the government’s ambitious Nal Se Jal scheme, through which it hopes to ensure piped water in all rural homes by 2024.

On Camera

In Gujarat, BJP hopes to retain power in the name of ‘chief minister’ Narendra Modi

The Modi magnifier

This is the first Indian election where a politician is winning by not promising governance, but simply seeking a vote against Musharraf, the Muslims and the Italian church.
PM Narendra Modi | ANI

If Modi wins on Sunday

According to the forecast, rupee will reach 67.5 per dollar by end of September and 67 by end of 2018 I Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Offer cashback, relax KYC norms to check decline in remittances, suggests WEF paper

Remittances, or the money overseas citizens send back to their home country, are expected to contract 20% in 2020 on account of Covid-19, according to a World Bank report.

Defence

Women recruits at the Corps of Military Police Centre and School in Bengaluru

Army begins process to recruit second batch of 100 women soldiers for military police

Army intends to induct 1,700 women recruits in the military police by 2036, increasing the percentage of women in the cadre to 20 over 17 years.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.