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Delhi has the most unsafe tap water, says study by Bureau of Indian Standards

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New Delhi, Nov 16 : Releasing a study on quality of piped drinking water being supplied in 21 cities across the country, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said on Saturday that in Delhi and 13 state capitals, tap water is “undrinkable”.

The only metropolitan city where people can drink tap water safely is Mumbai as all its samples complied with Indian standards, the minister said.

“Samples were taken from 11 places in Delhi. All the samples have failed, But all samples of Mumbai are clear. Tap water of Mumbai is drinkable,” said the Minister.

“None of the samples drawn from 13 of the state capitals — Chandigarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Patna, Bhopal, Guwahati, Bengaluru, Gandhi Nagar, Lucknow, Jammu, Jaipur, Dehradun, Chennai and Kolkata — complied with the requirements of the Indian Standard,” said Paswan.

The minister said he has written to state governments asking them to clarify what help his government can provide to make tap water drinkable. “People should get pure water from the tap. There should be no water that causes diseases,” he said.

The samples were taken from the capital city of 20 states apart from the national capital. “It was done in keeping with the objectives of the Jal Jeevan Mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the minister said.

The minister said in the first phase, the samples of drinking water were drawn from various locations across Delhi and in the second phase, samples were drawn from 20 state capitals, and sent for testing as per Indian Standard.

In Europe and other developed countries, it is clearly written whether tap water is potable or not. In India, there is no such certification.

On the directions of the ministry, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), a national body that makes quality standards for products and services, had decided to undertake a study of the quality of piped drinking water being supplied in the country. It has also framed quality standard for tap water.

The Indian Standard prescribes 48 parameters including radioactive substance but in the current study, radioactive substance test was excluded. Also free residual chlorine has been excluded from this exercise since it is applicable only when water is chlorinated and a minimum limit has been prescribed for it, the ministry said.

Testing was conducted for Organoleptic and Physical Tests, chemical test, toxic substances and bacteriological tests in the first stage.

“Test reports have been received for these tests for all the samples drawn. A vast majority of the samples have failed to comply with the requirements of Indian Standard in one or more parameters,” the ministry said in a statement.

In the city of Delhi, all the 11 samples drawn did not comply with the requirements of the Indian Standard. The samples failed in several of the parameters. All the 10 samples drawn from Mumbai were found to comply with the requirements of the Indian Standard.

In the cities of Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, Ranchi, Raipur, Amravati and Shimla, one or more samples did not comply with the requirements of the Indian Standard.

“In the third phase, samples from capital cities of northeastern States and Smart Cities identified by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs have been drawn and are under tests. The results of these are expected by January 15, 2020, the ministry said.

In the fourth phase, it is proposed to test samples drawn from all the district headquarters of the country and their testing is planned to be completed by August 15, 2020.

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Jamia to Rajghat March on March 30 against CAA

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New Delhi, Jan 23 After Home Minister Amit Shah refused to listen to protesters who are opposing Citizenship Law, NRC and NPR, the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) announced to take out Jamia-to-Rajghat march on January 30, the protest against the amended Citizenship Act .

Police which is under the control of Amit Shah will again try to crackdown on protests as the government has turned its deaf ear to the protesters demand.

The march will be led by women and the JCC aims to involve people from around the city. To boost participation, the JCC is planning to visit all anti-CAA sit-in sites here, including the Shaheen Bagh and the Khajuri Khas.

A similar march was organised on December 15. But the agitators marching towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan turned violent and set ablaze public and private vehicles, and attacked public properties.

The Delhi Police then launched crackdown, entered the Jamia Millia Islamia campus and allegedly damaged a library.

Since then, the people are protesting against the police crackdown and the CAA outside Jamia’s gate number 7. Protests are also on in several areas, including Shaheen Bagh and Khajuri Khas.

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India terms Imran Khan’s act of raising Kashmir at Davos as ‘desperate’

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New Delhi, Jan 23: India has termed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s attempt of raising Kashmir at Davos as ‘desperate act.’

“His remarks suggest that he is desperate and rapidly losing hope. The global community can now see through their double standards. While they pretend to be victims of terrorism on the one hand, they foster extremists who spread terrorism in India and other countries on the other,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

He added that there was “nothing new” in what Imran Khan had said at the World Economic Forum meet in Davos, Switzerland.

Kumar also claimed that Pakistan’s attempts to create an “alarmist situation” in Kashmir have failed miserably.

“Our position on Kashmir has been clear and consistent through the years. These are bilateral issues that need to be discussed between India and Pakistan, and there is no role for a third party in this situation,” he said.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson also maintained that the World Economic Forum was not an appropriate platform to discuss such issues.

Imran Khan had urged international powers including the United Nations and the United States to help de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan before things get to a point of no return.

“You cannot have two nuclear-armed countries even contemplating a conflict,” he said.

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Sonia, Priyanka visit Amethi, meet families of accident victims

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Sonia Gandhi

Amethi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Thursday, reached Amethi to meet the families of six persons of a family who died in a road mishap.

The Gandhis made an unscheduled trip to Bharetha village in Amethi and met the bereaved family who had lost their family members, including the former village head, in the mishap.

The accident had taken place on Monday night when a truck collided with a Bolero on the Amethi-Gauriganj highway. The family in Bolero was returning to its village after attending a function in Gauriganj.

Earlier Sonia and Priyanka, who are on a two-day visit to Rae Bareli, met party workers and asked them to reach out to the people and expose the ruling BJP which is trying to mislead people on the issue of citizenship laws.

Sonia Gandhi asked party workers to raises local issues and continue to fight against injustice.

She said that the training being given by experts to newly elected party office bearers should be implemented at all costs. She also asked party men to focus on problems being faced by farmers and the youth in the state.

Sonia and Priyanka will be returning to Delhi on Thursday evening.

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