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The magic of 24th June: Water Worship around the World

July 4, 2020 SANDRP “Sao Joao, Sao Joao, Viva Sao Joao!” The shouts were followed by unbelievably loud splashes in a red laterite well. The well itself was decked up like a bride. All along the way to Siolim in North Goa, on the banks of river Chapora, the road blossomed with people wearing big smiles and bigger floral wreaths, ... Read More »

Envisioning a Blue Recovery

By Erna Solberg and Tommy Remengesau, Jr. OSLO/NGERULMUD – From Jamaica to Palau and Norway to Indonesia, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis is global, and national recovery efforts must be globally focused to seize shared opportunities. Nowhere is this more evident than in the global domain that unites us – the ocean. We now need to harness the potential ... Read More »

5 European companies helping to clean up the oceans

Addressing the environmental impact of CED This week saw the celebration of the 2020 World Ocean Day when world leaders were called upon to protect 30 per cent of our blue planet by 2020. To clean up plastics in oceans, it needs more than world leaders: multiple teams, innovators and innovations. Here we check out five start-ups from Europe. 1. ... Read More »

Don’t be colour blind, help blue oceans keep the planet green

9 June 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic is a “sharp reminder” of how we are all intimately connected to each other and to nature, the UN chief said on Monday, World Oceans Day. “As we work to end the pandemic and build back better, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity – and responsibility – to correct our relationship with the natural ... Read More »

Historic Farakka Long-March Day Saturday

The Historic “Farakka Long-March Day” will be observed on Saturday in the country commemorating populist leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani’s huge long march towards Farakka Dam 44 years back. Different socio-political organisations chalked out various programmes to mark the day. On May 16 in 1976, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani led a massive long march from Rajshahi towards India’s ... Read More »

Healthy Oceans: Keeping Asia and the Pacific Afloat

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana BANGKOK, Thailand, May 13 2020 (IPS) – Memories of idyllic beaches and sonorous waves may seem far away while we remain at home. Yet, we need not look far to appreciate the enduring history of the ocean in Asia and the Pacific. For generations, the region has thrived on our seas. Our namesake bears a nod ... Read More »

Fly Ash Dam Breach in MP, India: 6 killed, river gets toxic

A fly ash Dam of Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project of Reliance Company has breached in the evening of April 10, 2020, near village Harrahva in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh, killing six people and destroying downstream river and fields. Following the breach there was massive flash flood of coal ash mixed sludge reportedly affecting hundreds of villages and destroying ... Read More »

Ganga-Yamuna-Cauvery flow cleaner in lockdown: The lesson

April 6, 2020 SANDRP A number of reports have appeared that show that the state of a number of rivers of India, including Hindon, Yamuna, Ganga and Cauvery has improved during the current lockdown due to Covid 19 crisis. That is indeed great news. At Kanpur and Varanasi, there are reports that suggest the dissolved oxygen level has gone above ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

India’s unique water purifying wetland could soon be extinct

By Manipadma Jena KOLKATA, India, Jan 3, 2020 (IPS) – Ramkumar Mondal’s farm is awash in a brilliant yellow mustard bloom. A flock of grey cranes peck for food amidst the shallow watergrass. But Mondal’s fishpond digs in there like a do-or-die last sentinel as nearby high-rise buildings, a symbol of development and encroachment, menacingly tower over the fishpond, permanently ... Read More »

Plea for Third Pole Alliance to face Himalaya climate change

January 28, 2020 SANDRP In July 2019, former Prime Minister of Bhutan and President of the People’s Democratic Party Tshering Tobgay makes impassioned plea to act on the melting glaciers of Hindu Kush due to climate change and among other things, form a Third Pole Alliance of eight countries of the region, including China, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar ... Read More »

49,558 river grabbers in country: Khalid Mahmud

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Thursday informed parliament that there are 49,558 river grabbers across the country with highest 5,906 occupiers in Cumilla district. He placed the statistics in Parliament replying to a question from Awami League MP Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11). Second highest 4,704 illegal occupants of rivers are in Chattogram and third highest 4,499 in Noakhali. ... Read More »

How our rivers fared in 2019

Nazrul Islam The year 2019 saw both good and bad developments for our rivers. On the good side, the first thing to be mentioned is the High Court’s judgement of February 3, declaring rivers as a “legal entity,” having rights similar to a living person. The High Court appointed the National River Protection Commission as the guardian of rivers and ... Read More »