Keyword : Drought

Brace up for drought year as monsoon is going to be ‘below normal’ to ‘deficient’

India`s northwest region which includes Delhi, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are going to be affected by ‘below normal’ to ‘deficient’ monsoon.  The Indi

Weak monsoon soon, farm & power ministries raise contingency flag

The southwest monsoon, which would be below normal this season, is likely to set over Kerala in the next 24 hours and two crucial ministries have announced plans to face the impending drought.

Drought surcharge imposed in Maharashtra to mop up funds for farmers

The Maharashtra government has introduced a `drought surcharge` on a host of items ranging from fuel and liquor to cigarettes and jewellery to raise Rs 1,600 crore. The new taxes came into effect f

Evening digest: Kerala CM writes to PM Modi against crackdown on beef

Kerala government has dismissed the charges that beef curry was served at Kerala House in Delhi. The Kerala government has filed a complaint over entry of activists without permission. Kerala Chief

Bundelkhand drought: NHRC issues notices to governments of UP, MP

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh asking them to give a detailed report on the drought-hit

Has anyone read the drought management guidelines?

A number of districts in the country, especially in Maharashtra, have been reeling under drought for several months. Though water is a state subject, there have been a number of guidelines released

How women in rural Odisha turned water-logging to their advantage

As a fourth of the country`s populace is hit-by drought, here is a lesson to be learnt from women in villages adjoining Puri district of Odisha. They have turned water logging in their fields to th

Maharashtra drought: Two children die in three days

In a span of just three days, two children were killed by the intense heat wave in Maharashtra’s drought-hit Marathwada region. A 12-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy, both belonging to Be

Technical teams to visit drought-hit areas, suggest water management

Several states are facing water crisis, with Maharashtra being the worst hit. Now, the technical teams of Central Water Commission and Central Ground Water Board will now study water situation in d

Centre to allow states to impose stock limits on sugar

In an attempt to curb the trend of rising sugar prices, the Centre has decided to allow states to impose and enforce stock holding limits on dealers of sugar. The move has been brought about after

Death of a river

On a dry winter morning in December 2012, while crossing the bridge over what seemed like narrow waterway in an eastern UP town, I noticed a mountain of garbage in the stream. This shrunken, pollut

Hunger for coal before thirst for water

 Even as the country reels under severe drought, information secured by Greenpeace through RTI suggests that the government is willing to overlook the policy meant to protect pristine forests,

Time for a water law

Fifty-two-year-old Shanti Devi from Sarkhadi village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region walks 12 km every day to fill two earthen pots with water, that lasts for two days. Then she fetches

Water scarcity: It’s the crop pattern

“The world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed.”                

There is a water emergency now: Rajendra Singh

Are you aware of the MIT study which projects acute water stress in India 35 years from now? Why wait for 35 years? Even now 11 states are facing a water eme

Scary scarcity of water

One billion people will be facing severe water shortage in India and neighbouring areas by 2050 thanks to climate change and expansion of economic growth, according to a projection made by the rese

Take your kids out to Nainital lake this summer...

Here is no water but only rock, Rock and no water and the sandy road. The road winding above among the mountains, Which are mountains of rock without water.

All’s not well as wells end

Of the many thought-provoking stories by literary legend Premchand, there is one about a landlord’s arrogance and water scarcity. It is titled ‘Thakur ka Kuan’ (the landlord&rsquo

Thirsty world stares at limp economy

India along with the rest of the world is facing an acute water scarcity, a crisis that is deepening with each passing year and now posing a threat to the world economy. A World Bank

Monsoon arrives in Kerala

Delayed by a week the south-western monsoons arrived over the coast of Kerala, and has covered parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Lakshadweep on Wednesday.  Earlier, the India Meteorological D

No compliance yet of SC order on drought-affected states, say activists

Even after a month of the supreme court order on implementing National Food Security Act (NFSA), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act  (MGNREGA) and crop loss compensation in

A calamity bigger than drought

For the past two months Ghaneshwar Yadav, a native of Bihar, has been working as a daily wage labourer in New Delhi’s Okhla area. With a few clothes tucked into a tattered plastic bag, Yadav

Favourable monsoon to revive rural incomes: CRISIL

The monsoon this year has brought cheer to farmers and a report by CRISIL, a research agency, said it expects “the favourable monsoon to revive rural incomes”. “Lar

Indians to get less and less water as years go by

The average annual per capita water availability in the years 2001 and 2011 was assessed as 1,820 cubic meters and 1,545 cubic meters respectively which may reduce further to 1341 and 1140 in year

The unbearable weight of scorched earth

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in independent analyses, have declared 2016 the hottest year since 1880. Sci

Tamil Nadu farmers: Broken, Battered, Bleak

The footpath near Jantar Mantar, which is considered Delhi’s (and the nation’s) own protest plaza, has been seeing a demonstration that is bizarre by the usual standards of the place. F

Tamil Nadu: Cracked earth, parched throat

Tamil Nadu, one of India’s largest states and home to about 67 million people, is facing a severe drought, forcing many farmers to commit suicide as their crop withers.

AAP’s uncertain future, irony of being Advani, and an author seeks freedom of speech

The Narendra Modi- Arvind Kejriwal antagonism has always been about two different kinds of populism. While it may not play out in a municipal election, the fact remains that a Kejriwal chastened

Interlinking of rivers to end floods, drought

Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu has said that linking of rivers will help farmers to grow more crops and increase their earnings. He said governments have been considering inter-linking of rivers f

A dry run in Bundelkhand

The paved road, the few concrete houses and men on motorcycles – these are deceptive signs of development in Madralalpur village. Only a couple of weeks ago, Babu, a 47-year-old distressed fa

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