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Over 70 percent of country's water aquifers are overdrawn

Over 70 percent of country's water aquifers are overdrawn

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) At 76 million, India has the largest number of people living without access to safe water in the world, and experts warn of a looming crisis as over 73 per cent of the country's aquifers are being overdrawn.



'Khoon ka Rishta' campaign enables pregnant women in Bihar avoid anaemia

'Khoon ka Rishta' campaign enables pregnant women in Bihar avoid anaemia

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) On the face of it, it's deceptively simple. Pregnant woman across eight districts of Bihar are given 180 iron and folic acid (IFA) tablets to prevent anaemia, a similar number of blood drop-shaped red stickers and a booklet with an outline of a baby for pasting the stickers -- one for every tablet consumed.

Punjab Grill Tappa, a 'fun' take on a classic favourite

Punjab Grill Tappa, a 'fun' take on a classic favourite

Gurugram, March 26 (IANS) Giving a new twist to a classic is sometimes tolerated, even enjoyed, and sometimes met with harsh criticism. But the Punjab Grill Tappa, an offshoot of the famous North Indian Punjab Grill restaurant chain, is sophisticated and vibrant but still maintains the same quality of food.

Low on stocks, government to begin wheat procurement in active mode

Low on stocks, government to begin wheat procurement in active mode

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) The Union government is set to begin procuring wheat from farmers in an "active" mode as stocks with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) have plummeted to 6.5 million tonnes -- less than half the average maintained -- due to the drought in the 2015-16 season.

Ramp up your virtual life with this 'smart' mirror

Ramp up your virtual life with this 'smart' mirror

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) At a time when everyone is talking about connected devices, here comes a touchscreen "smart" mirror that -- just like your smartphone -- can be your personal assistant.

A mighty poet and playwright, Derek Walcott's death is a striking reality

A mighty poet and playwright, Derek Walcott's death is a striking reality

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) The passing away of Nobel prize winning poet Derek Walcott, the best known writer from the Caribbean internationally, is a great loss to literature and more so to hundreds of thousands of readers from across the globe who were transported to the region as they devoured his works.

Connected cars on the horizon: Is India ready?

Connected cars on the horizon: Is India ready?

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) With the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AR) and machine learning set to define the way Indian enterprises work, "connected" vehicles -- which are to embrace all of these new-age technologies -- is the new buzz in town.

6 challenges for the new UP government

6 challenges for the new UP government

With 200 million people, equivalent to the population of Brazil, but with an economy the size of Qatars -- which has 2.4 million people, the same as the town of Bijnore -- the new government of Indias most-populous state Uttar Pradesh faces myriad problems.

Modi degree: DU college says no data of students passing out in 1978

Modi degree: DU college says no data of students passing out in 1978

New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) The controversy over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's degree refuses to die down. Delhi University's School of Open Learning (SOL), from where he is said to have passed out in 1978, says it doesn't have records for that year as these are maintained only for one year.

Taxes under GST 'to increase a bit', says CBEC Chairman

Taxes under GST 'to increase a bit', says CBEC Chairman

New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) While the effective rate of indirect taxes under the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime still remains unclear, as fitment in tax slabs is under way, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has said that taxes were likely to "increase a bit" from the current level.

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