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Water report says little, hides a lot

Even when the coliform count in the Ganga is 500 times more than the permissible limit, a Central Water Commission (CWC) report calls the river clean, raising a clamour that the report says little and hides a lot.
The report ~ Water Quality Hot-spots in Rivers of India ~ by the CWC was released in New Delhi by the Union water resources minister, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, to provide the water quality scenario of our rivers.

Loan sharks prey on bidi workers in Pranab’s turf

Even though banks have been making a beeline for opening branches in Union finance minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee’s constituency of Jangipur, thousands of bidi rollers continue to fall into the clutches of loan sharks.


Victims of political intrigue and ‘green’ procedures launched in ignorance of an Act that guarantees their rights, tribals finds themselves reduced to a pitiful non-entity, says Soma Basu