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The Attorney General, Minister for Public Service, Finance, Public Enterprises, Civil Aviation and Information of Fiji, Mr. Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum meeting the Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, in New Delhi on February 16, 2016. Photo: PIB

New Delhi: Further discussions have been held regarding the already signed Memorandum of Understanding between Fiji and India, which will form the basis of the new Air Services Agreement between the two countries.

Attorney General and Minister for Civil Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum had a meeting with the Indian Minister for Civil Aviation Shri P Ashok Gajapathi Raju yesterday.

They also discussed the need to explore new avenues to further strengthen India’s engagement with the whole Pacific region.

Sayed-Khaiyum informed the Minister that from April, there will be direct flight routes from Fiji to Singapore.

He says the shorter travel time together with visa on arrivals for Indians presents an opportunity for more trade and investment for both countries and also for the region, through his country.

The Attorney General also thanked the Indian Government for its assistance towards Fiji’s progress over the years.

Sayed-Khaiyum says it is evident that Fiji has very close ties with India and this has been strengthened by the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to the country in 2014. (Source: http://fijivillage.com)

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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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Pure water droplet. Pixabay

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)