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Mission Paani Waterthon LIVE Updates: Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal, Adityanath Urge Indians to Take Water Pledge

Mission Paani Waterthon LIVE Updates: Mission Paani, an initiative by News18 and Harpic India, will culminate with 8-hour-long Mission Paani Waterthon today. | January 26, 2021, 21:42 IST
Mission Paani Waterthon LIVE Updates: Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal, Adityanath Urge Indians to Take Water Pledge
Mission Paani Waterthon LIVE Updates: Mission Paani, an initiative by News18 and Harpic India, will culminate with 8-hour-long Mission Paani Waterthon today. Hosted by Akshay Kumar, the campaign ambassador, the event will emphasise on ‘Paani Ki Kahaani, Bhaarat Ki Zubaani’, the theme to raise awareness about water crisis in India. The 8-hour telethon starting 12.30 pm will feature a host of eminent personalities from different walks of life take the Jal Pratigya, a water oath.

The waterthon shall witness notable personalities and celebrities like AR Rahman, Mallika Sarabhai, Prasoon Joshi, Sadhguru, HH Chidanand Swami, Rajkumar Rao, Mandira Bedi, Neha Dhupia, Dia Mirza, Gul Panag, Bhumi Pednekar, Vishwanathan Anand and Smriti Mandhana among others. Union ministers and political dignitaries, such as Gajendra Singh Shekhawat — Minister of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, RD & GR, Dr. Harsh Vardhan — Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Tech, Earth Sciences, Govt of India, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ — Minister, Human Resource Development, Government of India, Smriti Irani — Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development, Nitin Gadkari — Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Government of India and Kiren Rijiju — Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports (I/C) will also be seen at the event.
Jan 26, 2021 21:42 (IST)

Mission Paani Waterthon: Rajkummar Rao Champions the Cause of Water Conservation

Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao joined Network18's initiative Mission Paani Waterthon to spread awareness against the looming water scarcity threat.

Jan 26, 2021 21:42 (IST)

Excessive migration from the village to the city must stop. The land in villages must be made worthwhile...Do you think we have space for migration of millions to big cities?: Sadhguru

Jan 26, 2021 21:33 (IST)

Every Drop Matters: Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Yogi Adityanath Pledge Support for Mission Paani

Culminating a successful edition of Mission Paani Waterthon, a first-of-its-kind initiative by Network18 and Harpic India to highlight the need for water conservation in the country, union ministers…

Jan 26, 2021 21:19 (IST)
Jan 26, 2021 21:02 (IST)

Meghali Malbika, India's Google girl says, "Me and my brother, we take short showers; closing the tap when we brush. Every year, my father and I plant a 100 trees."

Jan 26, 2021 21:01 (IST)

"Let's save water. Let's be very careful and cautious before it gets too late. Film is an important medium to spread this message and I will be happy to be part of this," says actor Rajkumar Rao. 

Jan 26, 2021 20:53 (IST)

Home Minister Amit Shah speaks at the Mission Paani Waterthon:

Jan 26, 2021 20:50 (IST)

"Water will always remain essential in our lives, and I appeal to the people of UP to take the pledge to conserve water," says Yogi Adityanath.

Jan 26, 2021 20:38 (IST)

Results of this endeavour were seen during the Kumbh Mela held in 2019 as devotees were able to take a dip in clean waters of the holy Ganga. For Namami Gange to be successful, the most critical point from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar is Kanpur, and we have taken steps like stopping the flow of sewage water and closing down polluting units. Now, we can even see dolphins in the Ganga River: Yogi Adityanath

Jan 26, 2021 20:38 (IST)

The Prime Minister has through the medium of Namami Gange project taken the pledge to clean the holy Ganga River. UP also has to take responsibility in this effort as the most of the river water flows through the state, and the state government has implemented this project with full vigour: Yogi Adityanath

Jan 26, 2021 20:31 (IST)

"Our civilization grew around rivers. So in our civilization, rivers have been called "mothers". Be it Ganga, Godavari, Narmada or Yamuna - our civilization grew around these rivers. -- India has a long tradition of water conservation through lakes, ponds. But in recent times, governments and common people have neglected these rivers as well as traditions": Amit Shah

Jan 26, 2021 20:28 (IST)

Mission Paani will have a positive impact on water conservation in India and is also in line with Indian government'sa vision to conserve water. I wholeheartedly congratulate the Mission Paani team for making this possible: Amit Shah

Jan 26, 2021 20:27 (IST)

When I used to be the Coal Minister we had started processing the water to distribute it to villages. It was expensive to process it but we took this decision. We made it so pure that we even made bottled drinking water with it. There's no space for rain water harvesting in the railway stations that we have, but perhaps we will do something like that in the future in new rail stations: Piyush Goyal

Jan 26, 2021 20:13 (IST)

Mission Paani Waterthon: Mira Kapoor, Mini Mathur Root for Social Media as Awareness Tool

Mira Kapoor, Mini Mathur and Kusha Kapila joined Network18's initiative Mission Paani Waterthon to spread awareness about the looming water crisis and how the world has to be prepared to deal with it.

Jan 26, 2021 20:12 (IST)

"We are fousing on Rain Water Harvesting in our state, this will help us in conservation," says Uttrakhand CM, Trivendra Singh Rawat

Jan 26, 2021 20:04 (IST)
Jan 26, 2021 20:01 (IST)

Children are the stakeholders of our future and as parents, it's our responsibility to inculcate habits of conservation nd preservation of nature, water and the earth: Mira Kapoor 

Jan 26, 2021 19:57 (IST)

Our ancestors realised the importance of water. India is blessed with its geography. Some lucky nations have 2 or 3 river systems, India has 7-- most of them major river systems. The Mahanadi river systems carries more water than the Nile. We receive most of our water supply during three months of monsoon. Our ancestors realised our entire way of live depends on how we manage this water that we receive in these three months. We have sadly lost that art: Amish Tripathi

Jan 26, 2021 19:48 (IST)

Mission Paani Waterthon in Pics: Conservationists, Ministers and Stars Come Together

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, the campaign ambassador for Mission Paani, hosts the Mission Paani Waterthon.

Jan 26, 2021 19:46 (IST)

"We have such a beautiful coastline in India. We should all try to bring awareness to people to not dump waste in the water," says sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik. Here's his artwork commemorating the Mission Paani campaign:

Jan 26, 2021 19:45 (IST)

"I want the Conservation of Water should be discussed everywhere," says Union Minister Smriti Irani .

Jan 26, 2021 19:33 (IST)

"The largest looming threat to humanity now is Climate Change," says Bhumi Pednekar.

Jan 26, 2021 19:24 (IST)

"In our village, there was a well, but no water. We'd have to walk for hours and wait to get water. That's when we decided to change it," says Nasim Ansar.

Jan 26, 2021 19:18 (IST)

Akshay Completes 21 Kms | Akshay Kumar has completed the 21 kilometer challenge. He is walking on the treadmill in solidarity with people, who walk for hours every day in search of water.

Jan 26, 2021 19:02 (IST)

Sudarsan Pattnaik on Mission Paani initiative:

Jan 26, 2021 18:42 (IST)

Mission Paani Waterthon: Watch the Live Telecast of CNN-News18’s Jal Pratigya Diwas Here

Jan 26, 2021 18:34 (IST)

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat says, "Ganga and Yamuna that flow from Uttarakhand-- the two rivers contribute to about 45% of the irrigation and meet the needs of food for farmers and citizens of India. Even then, Uttarakhand faces water scarcity. One reason is that the rivers flow in deep valleys while the villages are placed at high altitudes. Sometimes the springs and rivers dry up. To give a new life to rivers in the region, we have mainly focussed on the rain water harvesting. Rain water harvesting can help us meet the water requirements. Our primary focus is to save water, bring in more lakes to meet our water needs in the future." 

Jan 26, 2021 18:14 (IST)

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat:

Jan 26, 2021 18:09 (IST)

Uttarkhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat throws light on the shortage of water in the state. He says, "Our rivers are low-lying, but our residential areas are high up in the hills. Plus our rivers dry up faster in the state."

Jan 26, 2021 17:38 (IST)

Mandira Bedi at the event:

Mission Paani Waterthon LIVE Updates: Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal, Adityanath Urge Indians to Take Water Pledge
Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik speaks at the Waterthon.

Thousands have been drafted into the Mission Paani movement, through the administering of a Jal Pratigya, which obliges them to live a life of judicious water use and hygiene. Mission Paani Waterthon is set to feature notable individual efforts to conserve water and promote hygiene, whether it’s Lt. Col. SG Dalvi, who has spearheaded a new movement to conserve rainwater, or Amla Ruia, who works to combat water shortage across India. Also in attendance would be remarkable young activists, like Licipriya Kanjugam, one of the youngest climate activists in the world, and Naina Lal Kidwai, a banking veteran who now works to alleviate India’s water crisis.

While the Mission Paani Waterthon will be a grand stage to celebrate efforts for water conservations and hygiene, it will also provide the perfect platform for policymakers and thought leaders to chart out the road ahead.