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India's water reservoirs at 35pc of capacity in past week NEW DELHI: Water levels in India's main reservoirs in the week to July 24 were at 35 percent of capacity, down 16 percentage points from a year ago, government data showed on Friday. On a week-on-week basis, the figure has improved from the previous week's level of 26 percent, as monsoon rains revived. The late revival also nudged up the latest level from the 10-year average of 34 percent for the week, easing concerns of a drinking water crisis due to a weak start of this year's monsoon. Level of water in reservoirs is vital for hydro power generation and irrigation. Reservoirs also provide water later in the year to irrigate winter crops such as wheat and rapeseed.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Sania Mirza reacted when called daughter-in-law of Pakistan KARACHI: Sania Mirza reacted on Thursday strongly to Telangana BJP leaders.Sania Mirza as the state’s brand ambassador and the Indian government BJP leader k Laxman described her as ‘non local and the daughter-in- law of Pakistan’.According to media reports Sania Mirza said “I am an Indian and will always remain an Indian”.The tennis star strongly condemned the statement of Telangana BJP leader.According to media reports “I strongly condemn any attempts by any person to brand ...
Japan PM Abe says pain from tax hike to be short-lived TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday he expects the slump in household spending after the April sales tax hike to be short-lived.He also told a seminar that capital expenditure is picking up after a prolonged period of stagnation, voicing confidence that the positive effect of the government's stimulus policies is working its way through broader sectors of the economy.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
India train hits school bus, at least 11 children dead HYDERABAD: A passenger train rammed into a school bus in southern India on Thursday killing at least 11 children, with fears the death toll could rise further, officials said.A senior police officer said "11 students and the bus driver were killed", while a railway official said he feared as many as 25 children were dead after the collision in Telangana state.The train hit the bus at an unmanned railway crossing in the village of Masaipet ...
Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager MUMBAI: Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said Thursday.Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw and the case was referred to the city's JJ Hospital, where they found he was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma, head of dentistry Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar told AFP."We operated ...
Depleting Indian water reservoirs need rains to prevent crop loss: govt NEW DELHI: India's reservoirs are depleting fast and monsoon rains need to pick up now if they are to have enough water to prevent a drop in output of major winter crops such as wheat and rapeseed that are sown from October, a senior government official said.Rains in India, the world's second-biggest rice, wheat and sugar producer, were 15 percent below average in the week to July 16, an improvement from the previous week's shortfall ...
Late monsoon starts farmer ‘journey to hell’ INDIA: Indian farmer Asghar Bhura scrapes a living by growing sugarcane, but this year's late monsoon has left his tiny plot parched and he will earn nothing from his harvest. Bhura will have to go and work for a big grower to feed his family of six, making 250 rupees ($4.00) a day, as he did when India suffered its last severe drought in 2009. "I have no option but to become a bonded labourer ...


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