PM calls on stopping water pollution
Concerned over how rivers are treated with "shocking disregard", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday called for a focused strategy to ensure that the cities stop polluting rivers.
The day is not far when the cause of increasing loss of lives would be because of the polluted rivers. The way the rivers were treated might well turn them into one. Singh said that the dirty water was a major cause of childhood mortality in the country besided hurting the quality of farm produce.
"We worship our rivers, yet we treat them with shocking disregard. The fact is that almost every river in our country is getting increasingly polluted," Singh said while inaugurating a 'World Water Day' function that included among audience several Union ministers and water experts.
Singh said cities must become water efficient and invest in managing and treating their waste water. He emphasised on the need of a new water management paradigm involving cost-effective technologies which will recycle and reuse water and waste.
The Prime Minister's remarks came two days after the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a new study that two Indian rivers-Ganges and Indus-are among the world's top 10 rivers at risk threatening livelihoods of people along its banks in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Programmes like Ganga Action Plan were reviewed while emphasising the need to adopt Gandhian principle of utilising water according to one's need.
The Ganga Action Plan completes over 20 years and the National River Conservation Plan completes ten years.
Affirming the Karnataka government's commitment to strict implementation of the proposed "anti-conversion law", state Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Tuesday said it is not against any religion, but religious conversion by force or through inducement has no place under the legislation. Trying to allay the fears of the Christian community, the Minister clarified that there is nothing in the proposed legislation that curtails the constitutionally provided religious rights.
Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring on Tuesday hit out at the Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party government for rushing to the Centre for additional security forces to handle the challenges faced by the state. “We stand vindicated as the state has rushed to the Centre for security assistance to make up for its lack of experience,” he said.
Tomato prices in Karnataka, especially in Bengaluru, have crossed ₹100 per kilogram, forcing many consumers to discard the crop from their shopping list, news agency IANS reported. Malls and independent vegetable shops are pricing tomatoes well above ₹100 per kg. Now, the shortage in supply is skyrocketing prices in the city, which is a domino effect is hitting hotel chains and establishments which sell dishes using tomatoes like sambar or rasam.
The Karnataka State Election Commission on Tuesday told the High Court of Karnataka that the State government had taken away its powers making it unable to hold elections to Zilla Panchayat and Taluk Panchayats as mandated by the Supreme Court. A vacation division bench of the High Court comprising Justice SG Pandit and Justice MG Uma heard the Election Commission's petition today. The EC had challenged this before the High Court.
The Noida authority is set to develop villages with a budget of ₹24 crore. It will repair and construct roads, drains footpaths and green spaces with the allocated fund. Earlier, villagers demanded development at par with city sectors. Following their demand, the Noida authority sanctioned ₹24 crore to be spent on 33 different projects to be completed by November 2022.