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Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit Hyderabad on February 12

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will also attend the groundbreaking of the campus coming up over five acres of land

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Hyderabad, Feb 8, 2017: Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama will lay foundation stone for new South Asia hub of Dalai Lama Centre For Ethics and Transformative Values here on Sunday.

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will also attend the groundbreaking of the campus coming up over five acres of land.

According to an official release, Dalai Lama will also deliver a public talk on “Ethics, Values and Wellbeing”.

“We are truly excited to launch the South Asia Hub as a strategic site for designing and disseminating programs that are most relevant to the issues pressing humanity and its leadership in current times,” said Tenzin Priyadarshi, the Centre’s President and CEO.

“Since its inception 2009 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Centre has been a driving force in fostering individual and organisational ethics and value-driven leadership across diverse institutional frameworks,” he said.

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Leaders from eight countries across North and Latin America, South Asia and Central Africa have participated in the Centre’s ethics- and values-based transformative leadership programmes.

“We are honoured that The Dalai Lama Centre for Ethics and Transformative Values chose Hyderabad for its South Asia Hub.

“In the light of rapid transformations impacting India and the whole region, it is urgent to prepare present and future leaders for the work of serving their communities,a said state’s Industry Minister K. T. Rama Rao. (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)