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Contaminated Water Making Life Difficult for People of PoK

Muzaffarabad, PoK, December 02, 2014: Despite being endowed with abundant water resources, PoK is plagued by an acute contamination of its water bodies leading to water shortages and other health issues. With natural sources drying up or being declared unfit for human use, many in capital Muzaffarabad have had to negotiate treacherous terrain to fetch water from far off areas. Many depend on the local administration for drinking water. But residents allege that in the light of no response from government the problem manifests, year after year. With 86 percent of water being declared unfit for consumption, the problem is becoming grave by the day. Water borne diseases like dysentery, cholera and typhoid are common complaints among the local population. The Neelum Valley Project was intended to solve the problem of water scarcity in the Himalayan region, but much of the water harnessed here, has been diverted to the big cities of Pakistan. The erratic monsoons have led to a dip in the water table. The drainage from surrounding areas has polluted several lakes too. Locals say the water supply is infected by the sewer water. Dec 3, 2014
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Indian orange traders complain of losses due to heavy excise duty by Bangladesh

Siliguri, Dec 03 (ANI): Orange traders in West Bengal complained of huge losses due to heavy excise duty imposed by Bangladesh government. Traders say that the export is very poor this time as the custom duty of rupees 40 ($0.64) on every kg is charged by Bangladesh Customs. Meanwhile, traders complain that Bhutan does not pay any duty to Bangladesh and hence the latter is purchasing oranges from Bhutan. Indian oranges are highly in demand because of its taste and quality and that is why it is exported in large quantities every year. Around 60 percent to 70 percent of oranges are exported from India to Bangladesh but due to heavy duty this time, the traders are facing a lot of problems. Dec 3, 2014
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Bermuda to host 2017 America's Cup

Bermuda will host the world's greatest sailing race, the America's Cup, in 2017, organisers announced Tuesday at an event attended by Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. Duration: 01:25 Dec 3, 2014
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Newly-elected Tunisian parliament holds first session

Tunisia's new parliament held its inaugural session on Tuesday, a landmark in the country's often fraught transition to democracy since the 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring. Duration: 00:39 Dec 3, 2014
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Bhopal victims protest on 30th anniversary of disaster

Protesters in the Indian city of Bhopal burned effigies representing Dow Chemicals and displayed placards demanding justice, marking the 30th anniversary Tuesday of the world's deadliest industrial disaster. Duration: 01:02 Dec 3, 2014
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Itinerant distillers keep taste for Armagnac alive

As the French distillation season gets underway, cellar masters often turn to itinerant distillers to transform their wine into brandy, one type produced by the same family for the last 110 years. Duration: 02:06 Dec 3, 2014
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French MPs vote in favour of recognising Palestine

French lawmakers voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a state Tuesday, following similar moves in Britain and Spain that reflect growing European frustration with the stalled Middle East peace process. Duration: 00:48 Dec 3, 2014