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first_imgWith the dispute over Mahanadi river water sharing between Odisha and Chhattisgarh reaching a flashpoint, experts and civil society groups have urged the two governments to discuss all the contentious issues for a meaningful solution.At the second Odisha river conference, which concluded on Monday, experts said competitive politics over the Mahanadi water sharing was only making the matter complicated.A group of civil society organisations, river and water experts and academics from across the country and the two States gathered here to build an Inter-State Cooperation Framework for the resolution of the Mahanadi river water dispute.Politics over conflicts“There have been a lot of politics and inter-State river water conflicts in the country. But in the process of fighting, let the rights of the river as an ecological entity not get snatched. While the dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh is rife, it is unfortunate that both the States are treating the Mahanadi as a commodity and not a natural resource,” said Ranjan Panda, the convenor of Water Initiatives Odisha.“No doubt Chhattisgarh has constructed many dams and barrages without the consent of Odisha and has obstructed a lot of water, but that does not mean we can conclude that Chhattisgarh has siphoned off water from Odisha’s share,” said Mr. Panda.“We need a comprehensive understanding and analysis of the impacts of all these structures and availability of water in the basin. Let the tribunal decide how to make such an analysis and instruct Chhattisgarh to stop these obstructions if they are illegal,” Mr. Panda said, urging the two States not to close the door on dialogue.Internationally renowned climate change expert Saroj Dash hoped good sense would prevail and the two States would climb down from their stand and make space for dialogue. “The premise for the discussion should be cooperation, not conflict,” Mr. Dash said.“We don’t need either Odisha-centric or Chhattisgarh-centric approach. People’s rights on the river should be the guiding principle for dialogue,” said Premananda Panda, an academic.Mahanadi, the sixth largest river in India, originates from Chhattisgarh and enters the Bay of Bengal travelling 851 km, of which 357 km lies in Chhattisgarh and 494 km in Odisha. Odisha has been grumbling that the Mahanadi is witnessing an 80% reduction of water flow in non-monsoon months while Chhattisgarh says it is only storing river water.last_img read more

first_imgInternazionale Spalletti: Inter are in a fragile moment Dom Farrell 13:35 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Daniel Bessa Eder Genoa Inter Milan Serie A MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images Internazionale Genoa v Internazionale Genoa Serie A Defeat at Genoa marked the latest blow against the Serie A side’s Champions League ambitions and their manager has pointed to low confidence Andrea Ranocchia’s bizarre own goal knocked the wind out of Inter in their lacklustre 2-0 Serie A loss at Genoa, according to head coach Luciano Spalletti.The match at Stadio Luigi Ferraris was goalless until the final attack of the first half, when Milan Skriniar’s clearance struck centre-back partner Ranocchia and flew into the Inter net on Saturday.Goran Pandev scored against his former club in the 59th minute and an Inter side lacking injured duo Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic were devoid of attacking inspiration for the most part. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It was a game in the balance and in the first half the best chances came to us, but when you happen to have such an episode as the one just before the interval, in a period like this, it is not easy to regain confidence,” Spalletti told a post-match news conference.”However, we came back from the locker room to try to play the game and stay in their midfield.”But we needed more balance. We could not handle the ball with the quality we should have. The lack of tranquility caused everything to turn against us.”Inter still have only one win in 2018 and will drop out of the top four in Serie A if Lazio beat Verona on Monday.Spalletti acknowledged a drain on their confidence.”The team did not make a bad performance, we had to stay in the game and then wait for the right moment to take the lead,” he added.”We are in a fragile moment, we have to grow from time to time. It is not easy to turn things around suddenly.”We are trying to work to do something different and I think we are going in the right direction.”It would have been useful to consolidate these changes but we cannot reject the choices made. They were not decisive in the defeat.”Inter will get a chance to turn things around with a Serie A clash against bottom side Benevento next Saturday.last_img read more