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Lucknow: The tenth and last accused from Dadri lynching case where a Muslim man was beaten to death in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, was arrested, police said on Monday.

The accused Hari Om, was holed up at a relative’s house in Sardhana town of western Uttar Pradesh and was picked up by police late Sunday following a tip-off by an informer.

Dadri Circle Officer (CO) Anurag Singh, while confirming the arrest, said Hari Om was the last of the ten accused in lynching of 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq, who was killed by a mob in Bisahada village on September 28.

Police had put his phone on surveillance and after his location was detected, a police team raided the house and arrested him.

Soon after the Dadri lynching, the six accused — Shri Om, Vivek, Gaurav, Saurabh, Sandip and Rupendra had been arrested, and another two — Shivam and Vishal were arrested two days after the incident, police officials told IANS.

Vishal is son of a local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. The ninth accused, a minor, was arrested from Delhi on October 12 and now, the last accused has also been apprehended.

Akhlaq was beaten to death by an angry mob on September 28, while his son Danish was injured seriously after announcements were made from a nearby temple that the family had consumed beef.

The incident sparked off an outrage across the country.

(IANS)

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Report Claims, As Many As 1 Billion Indians Live in Areas of Water Scarcity

The report also highlighted that India uses the largest amount of groundwater -- 24 per cent of the global total and the country is the third largest exporter of groundwater -- 12 per cent of the global total.

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Global groundwater depletion - where the amount of water taken from aquifers exceeds the amount that is restored naturally - increased by 22 per cent between 2000 and 2010, said the report, adding that India's rate of groundwater depletion increased by 23 per cent during the same period. Pixabay

As many as one billion people in India live in areas of physical water scarcity, of which 600 million are in areas of high to extreme water stress, according to a new report.

Globally, close to four billion people live in water-scarce areas, where, for at least part of the year, demand exceeds supply, said the report by non-profit organisation WaterAid.

This number is expected to go up to five billion by 2050, said the report titled “Beneath the Surface: The State of the World’s Water 2019”, released to mark World Water Day on March 22.

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Physical water scarcity is getting worse, exacerbated by growing demand on water resources and and by climate and population changes.

By 2040 it is predicted that 33 countries are likely to face extremely high water stress – including 15 in the Middle East, most of Northern Africa, Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan and Spain. Many – including India, China, Southern Africa, USA and Australia – will face high water stress.

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Globally, close to four billion people live in water-scarce areas, where, for at least part of the year, demand exceeds supply, said the report by non-profit organisation WaterAid. Pixabay

Global groundwater depletion – where the amount of water taken from aquifers exceeds the amount that is restored naturally – increased by 22 per cent between 2000 and 2010, said the report, adding that India’s rate of groundwater depletion increased by 23 per cent during the same period.

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The report also highlighted that India uses the largest amount of groundwater — 24 per cent of the global total and the country is the third largest exporter of groundwater — 12 per cent of the global total.

The WaterAid report warned that food and clothing imported by wealthy Western countries are making it harder for many poor and marginalised communities to get a daily clean water supply as high-income countries buy products with considerable “water footprints” – the amount of water used in production — from water-scarce countries. (IANS)