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Has a Water-Sharing Pact Between Pakistan and India Grown Stagnant?

MIN READJun 26, 2019 | 18:29 GMT

A satellite image of the delta in Pakistan where the Indus River flows into the Arabian Sea. The 1960 Indus Water Treaty governs India's and Pakistan's use of the rivers and tributaries of the Indus River.

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Narendra Modi's second term as Indian prime minister is underway following his Bharatiya Janata Party's landslide victory in last month's parliamentary elections, and the National Institution for Transforming India, a policy think tank of the Indian government, has released a 100-day agenda. Among the proposals for developing infrastructure and lowering India's unemployment rate, currently at an all-time high, is an emphasis on better managing the country's water resources. Water management is a controversial and touchy subject, but with one-third of India in drought, water supplies in India's sixth-largest city, Chennai, running dry, and dire predictions that this year's delayed monsoon season will fail to deliver adequate rainfall totals, water management is likely to rise higher on India's priority list....

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