The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) released 32,000 cusecs more water from the Tarbela Reservoir downstream on Thursday to maintain current quantum of water supply for Kharif crops in the country. Official sources told Business Recorder that water inflow has drastically decreased in the mighty Indus and its three tributaries from 0.5 million cusecs to about 0.3 million cusecs in a week's time which has necessitated more releases from the Tarbela dam. The Indus river inflow at Tarbela dam on 26th June was 0.169 million cusecs as compared to its 16th June inflow of 0.315 million cusecs.

Water and Power Development Authority has so far stored more than four million acre feet water in three reservoirs - Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma - which reached dead level on May 11, 2008. Wapda is storing half of the current inflows of rivers Indus and Jhelum in Tarbela and Mangla dams respectively and releasing 0.32 million cusecs water of the Indus, Jhelum, Kabul and Chenab for sowing of Kharif crop. The position of the river inflows/outflows at Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma along with the reservoirs levels and the barrages on Tuesday morning was as under:

The Jammu and Kashmir government is spending Rs 500 crore to raise 40 important infrastructure projects including construction of roads and bridges in Kashmir division, a senior official said on Sunday. Work has already started on 32 projects, Mehboob Iqbal, divisional commissioner, Kashmir said while addressing a meeting convened here to review the pace of work on the road and bridge projects. Iqbal said adding Rs 278 crore are being spend on 16 road projects while the economic reconstruction agency is incurring Rs 42 crore on construction of 17 bridges.

After Pakistan's move to put up a 969 MW hydro power project across the Jhelum, the Central government has decided to revive the almost defunct 18-year-old 330 MW Kishen Ganga hydro power project on the same river in the Kashmir valley.

The Central government is scrutinising the steep escalation costs of 330-MW Kishenganga power project. The project proposed on a tributary of river Jhelum in Gurez Valley is proving to be a non-starter due to 68 per cent cost escalation. While modifying the design of the project by reducing storage, Union Cabinet had approved the project at the cost of Rs. 2238 crore in July 2007. But, even after eight months since the Cabinet approval the major works could not be awarded due to high price bids.

An agitational approach to river disputes only prolongs them

coke unit shut: The Maoist labour union in Nepal has shutdown the country's only Coca-Cola bottling company, Bottlers Nepal, due to an ongoing dispute regarding employment of contract workers. The

Project launched in J&K

in a major development, the Jammu and Kashmir (j&k) legislative council has passed a resolution urging the Union government to review the Indus Water Treaty in the best interests of the people of

India and Pakistan once again came together to resolve disputes over the Baglihar power project. In December 2003, a three-member Pakistani inspection team clarified doubts regarding India's