- How to turn the river of sorrow into a river of hope

N.K. Singh

The author is a Rajya Sabha member of Parliament


PATNA, SEPTEMBER 14 With the Kosi accumulating over 1 lakh cubic metres of silt in its river basin

the Saptakosi river, that flows from Nepal into India, shifted its course for the first time since 1954 and caused the worst floods in Bihar

Centre and state trade blame over floods

Did the Kosi really change its course this time?

The fishes are gasping, not out of the water this time. Rather in the water itself!


As it dithers to take any action against irrigation minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav, the NDA government in Bihar headed by Nitish Kumar has appointed a judicial commission to probe the breach in Kosi embankment, which resulted in unprecedented floods in the state.

Former chief justice of Patna high court Rajesh Balia, who will look into the reasons behind the breach at Kushaha in Nepal on August 18, heads the commission.

Sunita Narain / New Delhi September 12, 2008, 2:47 IST

We were so greedy for land, we killed the very channels that prevented rivers from flooding.

This year, for once, the devastating floods of Bihar, where Kosi has swollen to expand across the state seem to have touched us. I say this because, last year, when the same region was under reeling under what was said to be the worst floods in living history, we simply did not know. Media had flashed a few images but it was just more of the same: rivers flood this region every year. So what

Gargi Parsai

Saptakosi, Sunkosi will help to tame Kosi
Prachanda will arrive in India
on Sunday

India will request Nepal for logistics and security

NEW DELHI: With a sense of urgency, India will take up with Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda) the issue of construction of the Saptakosi and Sunkosi dam projects in upstream Nepal to tame the Kosi in Bihar. He is arriving here on Sunday.

The multipurpose Saptakosi dam will substantially reduce the flooding in Kosi, which caused unprecedented havoc in Bihar this year.

Prerana Marasini

KATHMANDU: At a time when Kathmandu and New Delhi are blaming each other for the devastating Kosi floods, Nepal