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Agri experts for strengthening capacities in water management

Islamabad: Agriculture experts here on Wednesday called for strengthening the individual capacities in the field of water management especially spring-shed management for conserving the rapidly depleting water resources in the country.

Addressing a training workshop on “spring shed management” held at National Agricultural Research Council (NARC), they said that water was a primary life-giving resource and its availability was an essential component in socioeconomic development and poverty reduction.

China to invest $50bn for mega dams in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: In a first-of-its-kind investment in Pakistan’s troubled energy sector, Islamabad and Beijing on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop North Indus River Cascade with an estimated cost of US$ 50 billion that has the potential of generating approximately 40,000mw of hydroelectric power.

Arsenic contaminated water

Arsenic is a natural element found on earth as it is usually called the “king of poisons” and the “poison of kings” which is released both from certain human activities and naturally from the Earth’s crust. Arsenic ranks 12th in abundance in the earth’s crust, 14th in the sea water. It can exist in both inorganic and organic forms; inorganic arsenic is considered more toxic. Humans exposed to arsenic mainly through food and water, particularly in areas where the ground water is in contact with arsenic containing minerals.

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