August issue

Is rationality losing out to irrationality?

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In today’s cut throat competitive world, everybody wants to climb the ladder of success. The desires are aplenty. One wish is followed by another wish and the cycle continues. Every dark night is followed by sunrise. There will be ups and down in life—in fact these are bound to happen. Instead of looking at life from the prism of negativity, we should imbibe the habit of thinking positive.

On February 1, 2019, the then Social Welfare Minister of Assam Pramila Rani Brahma informed the House that in the past 18 years, Assam had witnessed 161 witch-hunting related deaths.

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A scam that hit over 38,000 investors in Karnataka and Southern states

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It was a quiet afternoon of Thursday, June 11.  Karnataka was bracing for administrative and political uncertainties with the rumours that a few MLAs of the ruling coalition government JDS and Congress are planning to move to a resort. But unexpectedly, the senior journalists of various media houses received a Whats app video message from an unknown number. It was the beginning of the IMA scam.

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Artificial Flood of Wah Umkhrah River

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River Wah Umkhrah flows through the capital Shillong and has been talked about and having a history of its own and also the surroundings. The banks of the River were certainly a patch of beauty, like the green grass and a little above are paddy fields. Every year however in the onset of monsoon, the level of the water rises, but not to the extent of over flooding the paddy crops and vegetation and also the playgrounds, including the football and cricket fields. However, this scenic description of river Wah Umkhrah had gradually changed during the last two or three decades. Unscrupulous land greedy persons had staked claims of most of the lands along the river banks and started construction of multi-storeyed buildings, extending even right into the brim of the water of the river. These are unlawful intrusions not only against the laws of the lands but also the laws of nature itself.

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Meghalaya Becomes 1st State to Have a Water Policy, Makes History

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If it really is a matter of pride to be 1st in anything then Meghalaya has reasons to be proud. By becoming India’s first state to declare its own water policy, this state has occupied a place in the history of water conservation.

On July 13, 2019, Meghalaya -- literary meaning the abode of cloud -- made a very bold beginning with the State’s Cabinet approving the Draft of the Policy in the presence of Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma.

The Chief Minister also very aptly gave his message to the country through Twitter: “It is historic for #Meghalaya as we have become the first State in the country to have a State water policy.”

This revolutionary step comes close on the heels of launching of the Jal Shakti Mission of Meghalaya government to solve the problems of the people related to water shortage.

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A story of water woes in Tripura

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Puspabati Mog, a 41 –yr old tribal housewife of Chalita Bankul village under Rupaicherri block of South Tripura has been fetching water from a stream at least twice in a day walking down three kilometre distance each time, as availability of potable surface water is in the entire stretch of Devtamura hill range. It’s not the case of usual non-availability of water infrastructure in Indian village but it was due to geo-hydrological formation. According to government record, a part of Udaipur, Amarpur, Sabroom and Belonia fall under water scared map of Tripura, despite having sufficient rainfall. The Central Ground Water Board report indicated the main source of ground water recharge in South Tripura is precipitation. Other sources of ground water recharge in the area are return flow from irrigation and seepage from ponds / tanks. Recharge from rainfall in the area accounts for 90% of the total annual recharge. The net ground water available in the district was 587.5 million cubic metres. The report claimed Bagafa block (Near Udaipur) is having the highest available ground water while Karbook block (Amarpur) is having the lowest. Puspabati is one among the female folk of the village who is experiencing the water scarcity for last 10 years.

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