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Slums-Camps, Terrorism: Worry about virus Hitting South Asia

By Samira Sadeque UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 2020 (IPS) – As coronavirus makes its way through different continents, countries, and communities around the world having claimed more than 23,000 lives, experts are ringing alarm bells about the implications of the disease as it hits South Asia, which hosts almost 2 billion of the world’s population. In South Asia, the number ... Read More »

Mild hot spell, sweeping over parts of BD, to continue

Dhaka, March 30 – A mild heat wave sweeping over Faridpur, Madaripur, Sitakundu and Rangamati may continue, the Met Office said in its regular weather forecast on Monday. Temperature during the day may remain nearly unchanged but may fall slightly at night over the country. The weather may remain dry over the country during next 48-hours commencing from Sunday morning. ... Read More »

Coronavirus and water: A round-up of global advice

The outbreak of a respiratory illness, known as COVID-19, continues to spread around the world. With one of the primary pieces of advice to regularly wash hands thoroughly to prevent the transfer of the disease, it means more than ever that the provision of clean and safe water by utilities is vital to stop the disease spreading. During times of ... Read More »

World Water Day India 2020: Top Positive Stories from Farmers

March 21, 2020 SANDRP The theme for World Water Day 2020 is ‘Water and Climate Change’. Indeed the changing climate has been altering the weather system in multiple ways. Extreme weather events like flash floods, intense heat, prolonged droughts, intense cold spells striking different parts of the world are increasingly being linked to climate change. Changing water cycle is a ... Read More »

Water resources essential part of solution to climate change

World Water Day: Often overlooked, water resources are an essential part of the solution to climate change On World Water Day, the United Nations launched a flagship report which says that reducing both the impacts and drivers of climate change will require major shifts in the way we use and reuse the Earth’s limited water resources. Read More »

All 11 dam projects violate Ganga environmental flow notice

March 19, 2020 SANDRP A review of the Indian Central Water Commission (CWC) monitoring reports of all four quarters of 2019 reveals that all the eleven projects that were being monitored in Ganga basin have violated the mandatory Environment flows notification in each of the four quarters of 2019 at some time or the other. The reports are of poor ... Read More »

Bangladesh to declare water emergency in northwest

Authorities hope to force farmers to shift away from growing water-guzzling rice in a race to save depleting water tables The Bangladesh government is about to declare a “state of water emergency” in the drought-prone Barind tract in the northwest of the country, where over-extraction of groundwater for rice farming and dwindling rainfall caused by climate change have combined to ... Read More »

Manipur pledge to strengthen efforts for free flow of rivers

Dimapur, March 14 (EMN): Kangoi Khullen and Kangoi Khunnou village authorities, Centre for Research and Advocacy (CRA) Manipur and Citizens Concern for Dams and Development (CCDD) on Saturday observed International Rivers Day on Saturday, with the theme “Let the rivers flow free in Manipur” at Kangoi lrangpham, Tengnoupal district. Read More »

Myanmar lawyer details crimes against Rohingyas in 2013

Myanmar’s legal counsel in an ongoing genocide trial at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) once compared the government’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims to Nazi Germany’s treatment of Jews during the Holocaust, according to a previously unreleased video footage of 2013 obtained and published by Fortify Rights on Friday. Read More »

Experts for joint river management for Dhaka-Delhi ties

DHAKA  – Experts at a seminar today stressed the need for proper watershed management of the common rivers aiming to establish people-to-people connectivity between Bangladesh and India. “…same rivers, same water and same soil, basically we have the same ecosystem,” executive director of Shillong-based Asian Confluence Sabyasachi Dutta said at the working session on economy, connectivity and regional cooperation of ... Read More »

North East India Ramsar Wetlands in Crisis

North East India Ramsar Wetlands in Crisis: March 1, 2020SANDRP There are three Ramsar sites in eight states of north east India which includes Deepor Beel in Assam, Loktak lake in Manipur and Rudrasagar in Tripura. There are no Ramsar wetlands in remaining North East India states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalya, Sikkim. Here is an account of issues ... Read More »