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Philippine Government’s Development Plan Would Revamp Water Sector

MANILA, Philippines

The one-year-old administration of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III is seeking to overhaul the fragmented policy-making and regulatory structure that has hobbled the development of the country’s water and wastewater sector.

India Creates New Water Ministry, But Official Says No to Ministerial Post


Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently created a new ministry in the federal cabinet to improve access to potable water and toilets. But a politician who felt that the portfolio was not “good enough” for his seniority in the ruling Congress Party turned down the offer to head the ministry.

Pakistan to Address Hold-Ups in $582 Million USD Ghazi-Barotha Dam Project


The Pakistani government has constituted a high-level committee to address the bottlenecks to construction of the $582 million USD Ghazi-Barotha Dam.

The dam will supply 100 million gallons per day of water to Islamabad and Rawalpindi. 

Prime Minister Syed Raza Gilani asked officers of the committee to fast-track the project. 

Jain Irrigation to Get $2.7 Million USD From IFC


The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank, is proposing to invest $2.7 million USD in irrigation systems maker Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd (JISL).

The investment will be done to help JISL set up a non-banking finance company. 

West Bengal Halts Free Water Supply to IT Hub

India, KolKata

Authorities in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal have stopped free water supplies to a number of companies in Sector V, the state’s IT hub.

The Naba Diganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) and the West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Limited (WEBEL) announced plans to stop water supply to the companies after July 15.

China’s Textile Industry Major River Polluter: Greenpeace


Two textile factories in China -- the Youngor Textile Complex near Shanghai and the Well Dyeing Factory near Hong Kong -- were found to be discharging hazardous materials into the Yangtze and Pearl river deltas, according to results from a year-long investigation by Greenpeace.

Bangladesh Proposes Joint Approach on Brahmaputra


Bangladesh is calling for a joint approach by co-riparian countries to address water-sharing on the Brahmaputra River. The move comes amid reports that China is planning to build a dam on the river in Tibet. “We have been talking about joint sharing of water resources among countries of the region.

ADB to Invest $500 Million USD for Infrastructure, Agriculture Projects


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) plans to invest some $500 million USD in soft loans over the next three years for infrastructure and agriculture projects in Cambodia. The funding is part of the bank’s new “country partnership strategy” for 2011-2013, according to Peter Brimble, the ADB’s senior country economist in Cambodia.

China to Build More Water Facilities


The Chinese government has pledged to prioritize water projects in infrastructure construction in an effort to enhance agriculture and fight drought, President Hu Jintao said. Hu said China will establish a water system to protect the country from floods and drought, utilize water efficiently and protect water resources by 2020, with the central and local governments taking a leading role.