Ironic! Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has announced that the UP govt will adopt a 22-day old baby girl who was abandoned floating in the Ganga river. However, the baby was discovered by a boatman near Dadri Ghat in Ghazipur on June 16, and was covered with Hindu deities inside a wooden box. According to reports, the girl has been named 'Ganga' & now will be take care by government.
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Taking a jibe at the opposition BJP's claims of Maharashtra's COVID-19 deaths being underreported, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said that there are no rivers in Mumbai to dump bodies. Pednekar said, “All Covid deaths in Mumbai are recorded at three places, so the data can't be hidden". Recently, BJP-ruled Bihar and UP were also criticised for under reporting COVID deaths and burying dead bodies along riverside.
Several districts in UP have reportedly recovered over 2,000 dead bodies near the banks of Ganga river having 1,140 km stretch in the state. As per sources, Unnao has uncovered most number of bodies (900) along with Kanpur (400). Besides, Kannauj (350), Ghazipur (280), Prayagraj, Varanasi and Mirzapur have also witnessed such unclaimed bodies. Reportedly, many bodies were buried in soil, while many were seen floated to the ghats.
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The Jal Shakti Ministry on May 11 asked the states concerned to "take immediate cognizance" of the floating corpses in Ganga. Calling out for an investigation, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said, "The incident of corpses found floating in Ganga in Buxar region of Bihar is unfortunate." Meanwhile, Buxar SDO KK Upadhyay said that they have made the arrangements to cremate the corpses, which were about 10-12 in numbers.
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An IIT-Kharagpur report pointed out that around 20% of Indian land has a toxic level of arsenic in its groundwater. The AI-based prediction stated that over 250 million people were exposed to its toxicity, which is potent enough to cause cancer and skin lesion. Moreover, the study exhibited most concentration in areas surrounding Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra basin. Besides, it suggested a rigorous sampling by the government as records were found… read-more
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The water quality of river Ganga has again deteriorated after a short span of improvement induced by the lockdown. The Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board recently revealed that the river's water is once again not fit for drinking but only for bathing. Earlier, a report published during the lockdown revealed that the water of river Ganga had become good enough for drinking as well. Reportedly, the deterioration started since the… read-more
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In its updated ‘Red List’, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has marked all the five freshwater Dolphins species as ‘threatened with extinction.’ The IUCN has cited incidental mortality in fishing gear, river pollution and construction of dams as the reason. Reportedly, the freshwater dolphin species include Ganga, Tucuxi, Indus, Irrawaddy and Amazon. While the Tucuxi was moved from data deficient to endangered, IUCN… read-more
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has announced that his government will develop a "magnificent riverfront" along the Ganga river in Kanpur, as a gift to PM Modi. Speaking at a meeting to review the developmental projects in Kanpur, he directed the officials to expedite the 'Namami Gange' project, smart city project and the metro rail project. Regarding the COVID-19 situation, he insisted that all hospitals must have essential resources.
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