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Actor Stabbed over Water Dispute

BENGALURU

Malayalam actor Baburaj was stabbed on Wednesday at his resort in Adimali of Idukki district following a dispute with the locals. According to reports, Baburaj got into a heated argument with locals when he brought in a few labourers to clean the pond located at his resort. The pond is one of the main water sources for the neighbours living around the resort and they objected to the cleaning.

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Morocco to Play Key Role in Africa’s Access to Water and Sanitation

SKHIRAT

Speaking at the opening of the African Water Association conference in Skhirat, the General Director of the Moroccan Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), Ali Fassi Fihri, noted that this African Water Summit, one of the first inter-African meetings following the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU), confirms Morocco’s commitment to strengthening South-South cooperation, parti

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Gujarat Farmers' Rally Turns Violent Over Tata's Nano Production

Ahmedabad

The industrial cluster around Tata Motors' Nano plant witnessed a major clash on Tuesday when a rally of farmers protesting against allocation of water to industries from a Narmada dam canal was dispersed by police using force.

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Scientists Study Himalayas Permafrost

KATHMANDU

In the hottest-ever year of 2016, a team of top climatologists began research in the Indian Himalayas, one of the coldest regions in the world, believing it won't remain the same. Their aim was to map permafrost, the ground that remains below 0 degree Celsius for more than two consecutive years.

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CH2M Hill to Design and Supervise Construction of Tuas Reclamation Plant

SINGAPORE

PUB, the national water agency, has appointed CH2M Hill Singapore Pte Ltd as the Detailed Design Consultant for the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant (WRP), a key component of the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) Phase 2. Over the next two years, the firm will develop the detailed design of Tuas WRP and subsequently supervise the construction and commissioning of the plant.

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Archbishop of Cape Town Describes Water "Inequality"

LONDON

The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has said the problem of water supply and sanitation illustrates why South Africa “is one of the most unequal countries in the world.” The Archbishop also described the problem of drought as one of the biggest risks facing South Africa’s businesses – causing food shortages, price increases and the loss of jobs for casual workers.

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Black Sea Turns Green Near Sevastopol

SEVASTOPOL

Residents of the city of Sevastopol said that the water in the Round Bay of the Black Sea turned green. The people promptly informed EMERCOM of the phenomenon. "In the waters of the Round Bay, an unknown substance colored the sea water lettuce-green. Water samples have been taken and sent for analysis," an official said.

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Uhuru Criticises Raila Over Itare Project

NAIROBI

President Uhuru Kenyatta has criticised ODM leader Raila Odinga over his opposition to the multi-million-shilling Itare Dam Water Supply Project in Nakuru and said that it will go on as planned despite attempts to stop it.

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Tech Capital Looks Underground for Answers to Water Shortage

BENGALURU

This city of 11 million, formerly known as Bangalore, is home to India’s software giants and its startups, as well as multinationals such as Samsung, Oracle and Amazon. com. The growing tech sector symbolizes urban India’s upward mobility and economic vigor. But an existential threat hovers over all this new prosperity. Bengaluru is running out of water.

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Saline Intrusion Hits Vatakara Potable Water Supply

KOZHIKODE

Contaminated water continues to flow through the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) pipelines in Vadakara municipality. Though the KWA tried to fixed the problem by pumping water from the Peruvannamoozhi reservoir, residents have complained that the salinity of water has not come down, making it unfit for domestic use.

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Decades-old Mexico-US Treaty Threatened Under Trump Administration

SAN ANTONIO, TX

The United States’ relations with Mexico continues to sour as President Donald Trump pushes back on issues like immigration. However, for places like Texas, water also remains a point of contention for the two countries. "This is a bad deal for the United States,” said Texas Rep. Lyle Larson, of San Antonio, who also serves on the Southwestern States Water Commission.

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Argentina’s Never-ending Environmental Disaster

BUENOS AIRES

Is it possible to spend 5.2 billion dollars to clean up a river which is just 64-km-long and get practically no results? Argentina is showing that it is.

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Could Restoring Ancient Water Tanks Help Build Peace in Sri Lanka?

LONDON

After almost three decades of civil war, Sri Lanka has the daunting task of nurturing cohesion in its multi-faith and multi-ethnic community while also addressing the increasing impacts of climate change. Local researchers, however, believe that restoring some of the small water tanks that peppered the island more than 2,000 years ago could ease all of these problems at once.

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Will Central Asia Fight Over Water Resources?

WASHINGTON DC

Water has always been a major cause of wars and border conflicts in the Central Asian region. Modern history of the region has been fueled with various ethnic and territorial clashes. Apparently, the main catalysts behind conflicts have been attempts to take control of rich water resources.

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Artificial Wetland to Clean Shanghai Factory Water

PARIS

French wastewater treatment company Suez announced on Tuesday (Feb 7) it had been awarded a contract to design an artificial wetland to clean water from a petrochemical industrial zone outside Shanghai.

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Price Rise to Boost Water Security

SINGAPORE

Water is set to cost more here, as Singapore seeks to ensure long-term water security in the face of uncertain weather conditions. An increase in water prices will be announced at the upcoming Budget, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli. The country has also been making further moves to increase its desalination capacity.

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India Not Fulfilling Responsibilities Under Indus Water Treaty: Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD

India has not fulfilled its portion of responsibilities under the Indus Waters Treaty, Pakistan Foreign Advisor C said yesterday, amidst the Pakistan concerns over construction of new dams by the eastern neighbour.

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Indonesia to Issue Regulation on Water Level Monitoring Systems to Tackle Forest Fires

PULANG PISAU

Indonesia will soon issue a regulation to make it compulsory for land concession owners to install water level monitoring systems to ensure the peatlands are kept moist. The Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) revealed that the decree will be signed by the Environment and Forestry Minister within the next few weeks.

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