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Rising water level in Satluj damages wheat crop in 600 acres

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Nearly 600 acres of standing wheat crop in the district has been damaged due to sudden rise in the level of Satluj river, downstream Harike headworks.

Agricultural land in more than 10 villages, most of them situated along the river close to India-Pakistan border, have been inundated by the overflowing Satluj, though no loss to life has been reported so far.

 

28 firms supplying contaminated bottled water in city

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A Sindh Assembly’s body, dealing with the impure bottled water issue, recommended the government to increase punishment for the suppliers of contaminated bottled water after it was informed on Saturday that at least 28 firms had been found supplying such hazardous water.

 

They recommended that the imprisonment should be extended from the existing one year to five years and the fine from Rs50,000 to Rs0.5million.

 

Hot weather and hot water

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I travelled to Karachi last week for an imminent family wedding and the first thing that hits you when you come out of the Airport is the weather. While in Islamabad we are still softly moving towards summer and have not really packed away our shawls and stuff, Karachi is hot in every sense of the word! It could be the mausam, the dangers lurking around all corners, the killings or just the hot models on all leading billboards inviting you enticingly to buy their brand of lawn!

Only 48pc Pakistanis have access to safe sanitation: WHO

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Pakistan is one of 57 countries currently most off-track to meet its sanitation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target to halve the proportion of people without access to adequate sanitation. On current trends Pakistan is due to halve the number of people lacking sanitation services by 2025, missing the MDG sanitation target by 10 years, according to a new report released today by international aid agency, WaterAid.

Water mismanagement: ‘Food security threatened’

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Low irrigation efficiency can push Pakistan into food insecurity, scientists warned at a seminar at the University of Agriculture (UAF) on Friday.

Addressing a training programme on improving irrigation techniques, UAF Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that people need to be taught the latest water management techniques and must phase out traditional irrigation methods. He said that only a high efficiency irrigation system could steady the country’s water crisis.

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