Sugarcane and wheat

Sugarcane and wheat are highly water-intensive crops. Penning an op-ed in The Wire,Medha Patkar from the Narmada Bachao Andolan mentions some of these issues She claimed that the canal network in Gujarat remains at less than 50 percent water meant for the desert region of Kutch has been diverted to the Sabarmati riverfront and water meant for farmers has been allocated to industries In such a context the Sardar Sarovar Dam could well bring a major change in the ecology of arid Saurashtra By: Express News Service | Updated: June 1 2015 4:40 am Public announcements must be made on radio TV newspapers and social networking sites as soon as the Met department predicts the onset of a heat wave Related News Over 2000 deaths due to the heat wave have been reported across the country most of them from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana where summer has peaked with temperatures rising four to five degrees above normal Many of these deaths could have been avoided if the state governments had contingency plans to face the summer heat Barring Ahmedabad no Indian city — or state — has a heat wave action plan (HWAP) or a system of protocols and procedures to initiate administrative action in the event of a heat wave as well as to facilitate long-term planning Most heat wave deaths are a result of direct and sustained exposure to the sun and hot winds and the resultant dehydration Taking basic precautions during heat wave conditions — keeping away from the sun and drinking water or liquids like butter milk — and ORS treatment in the event of a crisis would help But a more organised effort may be needed to reach out to vulnerable groups mostly the elderly the malnourished children and manual labourers After an unprecedented heat wave in 2003 caught Europe by surprise and resulted in thousands of deaths — 15000 people died in France alone — most European countries have worked out HWAPs to ensure that warnings go out early and the administration is prepared to deal with the consequences Though HWAPs vary according to local conditions they focus on three aspects: building public awareness and community outreach initiating early warning systems and training healthcare workers to deal with emergencies In India the Met department releases advance data on weather but in the absence of an action plan the import of the data is lost Andhra Pradesh and Telangana where over 1300 died did not have a plan Public announcements must be made on radio TV newspapers and social networking sites as soon as the Met department predicts the onset of a heat wave Police patrols and hospitals must be put on alert to handle emergencies Long-term planning aimed at mitigating the impact of climate change by building green belts better designed buildings and transport policies should be worked on In the interim high risk areas should be mapped and monitored and uninterrupted power and water provided to sensitive zones like hospitals For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by C Raja Mohan | Published: November 9 2014 1:44 pm Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Tel Aviv in Israel on Friday (Source: PTI) Related News Last week saw the unfolding of a more balanced policy towards the Middle East under the government of Narendra Modi Home Minister Rajnath Singh was in Tel Aviv in a demonstration of India’s new warmth towards Israel Meanwhile in Delhi the Ministry of External Affairs unveiled an effort to intensify the engagement with the Arab world Conservatives in India’s foreign policy establishment might find the new approach to the region somewhat disconcerting Realists however would say the the government of Narendra Modi is bringing pragmatism and transparency to India’s Middle East policy About time Consider in contrast UPA government’s self-defeating policies towards the region Yielding to domestic political considerations the Congress leadership sought to limit political engagement with Israel and undermined the new political consensus on Israel that had emerged under Prime Ministers PV Narasimha Rao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee The former established full diplomatic relations with Israel and the latter instituted high level political engagement with the Jewish nation During those years chief ministers representing various political hues traveled ot Israel Among those was Jyoti Basu of West Bengal arguably the tallest communist leader India had produced But the Congress President Sonia Gandhi under pressure from Prakash Karat of CPM frowned upon the relationship with Israel Fortunately the UPA government did not scuttle the security cooperation that had developed in the previous decade The UPA government’s schizophrenia made India’s relationship with Israel look clandestine Cynics in Israel would point out that Delhi was treating Tel Aviv as a “mistress”–engage in private but refuse to be seen with in public The Modi government is having none of that It has renewed open and transparent engagement with Israel Overruling opposition in the foreign policy establishment Modi met the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the margins of the United Nations during his visit to the United States in September This has been followed by the visit of the Israeli National Security Adviser to Delhi last month and home minister Singh’s trip to Tel Aviv last week The two sides have agreed to intensify bilateral security cooperation Israel’s elder statesman Shimon Peres was in Delhi to renew contact with the Indian political leadership He met Modi as well as Sonia Gandhi If all goes well Modi could soon visit Israel and become the first Indian Prime Minister to do so It is tempting to see the Modi’s government’s outreach to Israel through an ideological lens There is no denying the special warmth for Israel within the Hindutva parivar But the record of the BJP in power has been anything but ideological While expanded the partnership with Israel Vajpayee devoted special attention to the pursuit of India’s vital interests in the Middle East The NDA government has begun to do the same Modi is acutely conscious of India’s expansive stakes in the Arab Gulf–as the principal external source of India’s energy imports the most important desttination for India’s labour expatriate labour and a major market for India’s goods He is also aware of the significance of the partnership with Iran in securing India’s interests in Central Asia and the stabilisation of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of American troops from there Modi’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj has already traveled to Bahrain and is scheduled to visit the United Arab Emirates soon Modi will hopefully travel to the Middle East early on in the new year The Foreign Office is also preparing the ground for the first ever ministerial meeting between India and the members of the Arab League in 2015 The stage then is set for an open and vigorous engagement with the Middle East under the Modi government The UPA government voluntarily constrained the relationship with Israel in the name of Arab sensitivities At the same time it was unable to deepen the strategic partnerships with key countries in the Middle East including Iran Saudi Arabia and Egypt Through his decade long tenure Prime Minister Manmohan Singh traveled just four times to the region–and two of them to attend the non-aligned summits Modi may now be in a position to strengthen India’s partnerships with all the major powers in the region (The writer is a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation Delhi and a contributing editor for The Indian Express) For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA | Mumbai | Updated: September 8 2017 4:01 pm Rashida Ratlamwala at her dilapidated house in Bhendi Bazaar Nirmal Harindran Related News At the 113-year-old Nandvilas building Rashida Ratlamwala (53) gingerly takes the stairs to her third floor flat Since last Thursday she has made frantic daily visits to the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) office SBUT officials on the other hand have been frequenting her door to get the flat vacated Born with deformed hands the single woman works at a phone booth a five-minute walk away to earn Rs 15000 per month? 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