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Modi govt wants farmers to pay for groundwater but puts onus on states to get them to do it

In draft guidelines to regulate groundwater, Modi govt has advised states to bring in suitable water pricing policy and review free or subsidised electricity to agriculture sector.
Representational image | Julien Harneis | Flickr

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.
The river Ganga in Varanasi

Ganga water became fit for a dip, aquatic life at many places in lockdown, IIT study finds

Study by cGanga finds that the river's water in places like Haridwar, Kanpur & Varanasi showed marked improvement in key parameters, though overall quality needs more improvement.
Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat | Twitter: @gssjodhpur

Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhwat tests positive for Covid, to get hospitalised

Earlier this week, the Union minister had met Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria.
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.  
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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.
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.

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.

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PM Modi and Nitish Kumar shared the dias together | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Nitish Kumar is a cautionary tale for all chief ministers

Nitish Kumar decided to align himself with Delhi Durbar to buy insurance. That’s when his downfall began.
A Reliance Industries Ltd. oil tanker truck.

Reliance Industries posts 15% profit drop as Covid hits oil demand

The company posted a net profit of Rs 9,567 crore in July-September compared with Rs 11,262 crore a year back.


File image of a BrahMos missile

India successfully test fires air-launched version of BrahMos missile from Sukhoi jet

The missile hit a sinking ship in the Bay of Bengal with accuracy, official sources said. It was fired after the Su-30 MKI aircraft travelled for over three hours.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.