Increasing Toxicity in Rivers of Himachal

Bachan Singh Ghatwal

Rivers in Himachal are getting polluted when pass nearby human habitats. Water is important for life but availability of drinking water is less. Eighty nine percent of available water in the country is used for agriculture purpose whereas we get four percent water during monsoon. Why we are polluting clean valuable resources knowingly or inadvertently when water is so important for us in life? We are embroiled in overuse of pesticides, chemicals and other toxic materials that are disposed off in nullahs and rivers along with garbage. We are least bothered that disposal of toxic material in nullahs and rivers will not only obstruct the flow of water but also destroy the living creatures thriving in these water bodies. We often come across reports regarding unaccountable unnatural death of fish in ponds, rivers and other water bodies but fail to understand that human beings are also affected by use of toxic water from these water sources. Toxic material thrown in open mixes in rivers and nullahs through rainy water thus making it unfit for use. New technologies are being innovated but we must have a technique for disposal of garbage and toxic materials. Our forefathers had visualized the problem of water pollution long back as mankind has to pay a price in the form of abundantly available natural resources for undertaking developmental activities. We are overexploiting ground water through boring techniques without realizing the fact that it would restrict availability of underground water. Availability of underground natural water would reduce thus leading to a serious situation if we continue to tap it blindly. It is already becoming a serious problem for governments to make availability of drinking water. Natural water resources are becoming extinct as we have ignored their proper cleaning and maintenance. We must divert toxic material to protect our water resources. Need of the hour is to maintain cleanliness of water resources.

July 12th, 2014


Readers’ Response

Himachal Fails to Tap Tourism Potential This is regarding Himachal This Week’s cover story of June 28, “Himachal fails to Tap Tourism Potential “. It is true that this hilly state has great potential in tourism sector that can generate numerous employment opportunities besides strengthening Himachal’s economy. However, successive state governments have failed to tap tourism potential to its maximum. Need of the hour is to prepare a blue print to promote the existing tourism destinations besides developing new ones […] विस्तृत....

July 12th, 2014


Art Exhibitions at Gaiety Theatre

Art Exhibitions at Gaiety TheatreHimachal This Week  Two art exhibitions organised at Gaiety Theatre recently attracted a large number of locals and tourists. The International Centre of Roerich’s (ICR), & International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar together with Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi organized an Exhibition “The Roerich Past and Modernity”,  dedicated to the Roerich Pact. And the other was a joint exhibition of two budding painters Vandna Verma and Pawan Verma. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated the Roerich’s exhibition. During the inauguration Chief […] विस्तृत....

July 12th, 2014


Politicians fail to Champion Himachal’s Cause

Himachal This Week, Shimla The Railway Budget and Annual general Budget of India are out but there in nothing for Himachal except possible establishment of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM). No doubt the IIM will lend some prestige to the state and if some preference is given to state students it will be a major milestone in meeting the aspirations of youth. But Himachal sought better access and it was expected that one or two train connections would open […] विस्तृत....

July 12th, 2014


JCT Phagwara Lifts ONGC Football Trophy

JCT Phagwara Lifts ONGC Football TrophySurat Pundir The 3rd ONGC All India Football Festival concluded with JCT Phagwara team lifting the trophy by thrashing Himachal Youth team in the final. The final played at Nahan Chaugan had capacity crowd watching the fierce battle between the JCT, Phagwara and Himachal Youth which the former won by 4-0. With both the teams matching each other in terms of skills and strength, the competition was fierce with they played an attacking game. Robit struck the first goal for […] विस्तृत....

July 12th, 2014


Suicides on Rise in Himachal

Devender Verma It a general belief that people of Himachal are comparatively honest and clean as compared to rest of the states of the country. If it is true then life of people in hills should be far away from worry, but sadly, the picture is not so rosy in the state. Official figures give indication that people of this presumed calm state live under great mental stress which has become integral part of modern life. That is why suicidal […] विस्तृत....

July 12th, 2014


Flouting Fishing Ban

Flouting Fishing BanN. Bharti Even after the recent Beas River tragedy in Thalout people are not taking the warning of water discharge in Beas River seriously. The recent example of this was witnessed at Beas Bridge in Nadaun where children of migrant workers could be seen daily taking a bath in the river or catching fish through net. Apart from warning of water discharge, there is a complete ban on fish catching in the month of July. But the children of migrant […] विस्तृत....

July 12th, 2014


Auditions Conclude Semifinals from July 15

Auditions Conclude Semifinals from July 15Himachal This Week The vibrant event Dance Himachal Dance Season-2, the only dance talent hunt of its kind in the state has entered semifinal stage. Auditions have been held in different parts of the state in the past two weeks. The audition places were Kangra, Chamba, Palampur, Kullu, Mandi, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Una, Nahan, Baddi, Shimla and Solan. This week auditions for the event were held in Shimla and Solan. Like other parts, participants seemed highly enthusiastic at these places too […] विस्तृत....

July 12th, 2014


Lucrative Career in Thermal Engineering

Lucrative Career in Thermal EngineeringThermal engineering is a branch of Mechanical Engineering, that encompasses technologies dealing with heating and cooling systems, transfer of heat, and fluid mechanics. In simple words, thermal engineering is a division of engineering that deals with heating or cooling of processes, equipment, or enclosed environments. A thermal engineer is a professional who specializes in a complex field of engineering that focuses on thermodynamics, heat transfer, mass transfer, and fluid mechanics. Thermodynamics deals with conversion of heat energy into mechanical, chemical […] विस्तृत....

July 12th, 2014


Lauren Gottlieb Signed for Sequel Project ABCD 2

Lauren Gottlieb Signed for Sequel Project ABCD 2Dancer-actress Lauren Gottlieb, who made her Bollywood acting debut with Remo D’Souza’s dance flick ‘ABCD: Any Body Can Dance’, will be seen playing a pivotal role in the sequel ABCD 2, which will star Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. Apart from Varun, Shraddha and Lauren, the dance flick, which will be shot in Las Vegas, will also star actor-choreographer Prabhudheva, who will reprise his role as dance instructor-mentor Vishnu. Confirming the news, Lauren said, “I am quite excited to be […] विस्तृत....

July 12th, 2014



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