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Northern India Registers Critical Fall in Groundwater Levels

Pre-monsoon water level data 2018 has been compared with the decadal average (2008-17) water level

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The Board usually carries out groundwater monitoring four times in a year in different states. Pixabay

Northern India has registered a critical fall in groundwater levels ranging between 75 and 85 per cent, according to a monitoring report by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB).

The newly set up Jal Shakti Ministry furnished the CGWB data to Parliament in response to a query from Haryana BJP MP Ramesh Chander Kaushik.

The Board usually carries out groundwater monitoring four times in a year in different states.

“In order to assess the declining/rising trend in water level on a long-term basis, pre-monsoon water level data 2018 has been compared with the decadal average (2008-17) water level. Analysis of data indicates decline in ground water level in about 52 per cent of the wells being monitored,” said the Parliament statement.

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) Northern India has registered a critical fall in groundwater levels ranging between 75 and 85 per cent. Pixabay

Punjab, a leading agrarian state, suffered the highest 84 per cent decline in groundwater levels in the 216 wells monitored followed by Uttar Pradesh, which recorded 83 per cent dip in 563 wells.

Jammu and Kashmir came third place (81 per cent fall in 244 wells). The groundwater crisis is also acute in the national capital and neighbouring states.

Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have recorded a sharp fall in the groundwater levels, ranging from 70 to 80 per cent.

Rajasthan, a semi-arid state, reported 49 per cent dip in the groundwater level. Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh recorded a decline of 53 to 59 per cent.

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The CGWB analysed 14,243 wells across the country. Of this, 6,786 recorded a rise in groundwater levels but 7,412 wells showed the opposite result.

“Ground water levels in various parts of the country are declining because of continuous withdrawal due to reasons such as increased demand of fresh water for various uses, vagaries of rainfall, increased population, industrialization and urbanization,” cited the Jal Shakti Ministry.

The Ministry also cited the example of states which have done well in water management. These include Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

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The newly set up Jal Shakti Ministry furnished the CGWB data to Parliament in response to a query from Haryana BJP MP Ramesh Chander Kaushik. Pixabay

The southern states of Kerala, Telangana and Puducherry recorded a decline of 40 to 46 per cent. Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, which is facing a huge water crisis, saw a 60 per cent tumble.

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Tripura in the northeast saw the lowest decline of 16 per cent dip and Goa 29 per cent. (IANS)

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Samsung’s Foldable Smartphone “Galaxy Z Flip” Goes Out of Stock in Minutes During Second Sale in India

In India, the device comes with Snapdragon 855+ processor and 8/256 GB memory combination

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According to Samsung India online store, the smartphone went up for pre-orders in India at 11 a.m. and by noon, the phones were stocked out. Pixabay

 Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung’s second foldable smartphone, went out of stock within minutes during its second sale in India on Friday.

According to Samsung India online store, the smartphone went up for pre-orders in India at 11 a.m. and by noon, the phones were stocked out.

The smartphone manufacturer had earlier announced that pre-bookings for the device could be done on its online store and at leading retail outlets against full payment, which is priced at Rs 1,09,999.

Consumer who pre-booked the phone on February 28 will start getting deliveries on March 2, the company said in a statement.

The Galaxy Z Flip comes with a first-of-its-kind foldable glass that features a 6.7-inch display that folds into a stylish and compact form factor.

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Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung’s second foldable smartphone, went out of stock within minutes during its second sale in India on Friday. IANS

It is a dual-SIM smartphone, with one eSIM and one Nano-SIM card slot. E-sim services are currently available on Airtel and Jio networks.

In India, the device comes with Snapdragon 855+ processor and 8/256 GB memory combination.

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Galaxy Z Flip comes with accidental damage coverage, which includes one-time screen protection and a 24×7 dedicated call centre support in India. (IANS)