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Salt and sweet: When sun turned saline water potable
Solawata, a small village in Jaipur district is barely 10 kilometers away from Sambhar, India's largest saline lake which is a major centre of salt production that produces about two lakh tonnes of salt a year. On our way to the village from Sambhar, we see caravans packed with bright coloured camel saddles parked on the road.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 days 12 hours ago
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Najafgarh seeks attention
Here’s some news for nature lovers. A dirty drain in Delhi could well be on its way to becoming a bird sanctuary. The Najafgarh drain or nallah that flows through the northwest part of Gurugram is becoming a new habitat for the strikingly tall Greater flamingos, a rosy-white pink billed migratory bird as it passes through southwest Delhi.  
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 week 2 hours ago
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Saving kunds of Vrindavan
Vrindavan, the small dusty twin town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, has a special place in the Hindu mythology. This is where Lord Krishna is believed to have spent most of his childhood and adolescence. The river Yamuna straddles through the town, a hot destination for thousands of devotees lining up for a dip in it every day.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 19 hours ago
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Centre shows red flag to green court
India is a pioneer among developing countries in establishing a “green court” to deal with environment-related litigations. Established through an Act by the government of India, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), a quasi-judicial body has ensured speedy justice on several green cases.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 2 days ago
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Wetlands wait to be saved
In the afternoons these days, Basai wears a deserted look. Known as a bird’s delight and privileged by the protected status of a national park, the wetland is located just eight kilometres from Sultanpur bird sanctuary in Gurugram in Haryana. No birds can be spotted foraging the soil of the Basai wetland or its waters.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Can grey and green coexist on urban landscape?
Far in the distance, towards the edge of Noida and Greater Noida flows the Hindon river amidst clusters of modern highrise buildings. A few years ago, the landscape here was more countrified and quite distinct from the low rise neghbourhoods of Delhi dotted with its numerous parks and abundant institutional spaces. 
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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What happens to your e-waste?
Take a walk through the maze of lanes at Seelampur in north-east Delhi, you could see small children rummaging through electronic waste that has made its way here from all over north India. They segregate end-of-life electrical and electronic products, prise them apart, put them through acid wash and also burn circuit boards in the hope of extracting precious metals.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Playing the soil health card
Decades of skating over environmental concerns have clearly cost us dear. The folly of pursuing better crop yields using chemical fertilisers in an indiscriminate manner has been surfacing lately. “Decades of agricultural abuse using fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides have taken its toll on us.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
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A jungle comes to the city
It’s July now and the temperature is slowly dipping in Delhi. Only a few migratory birds wintered at the Yamuna biodiversity park remain. Others have left for Central Asia and Siberia. Some species of summer terrestrial migrants are expected to arrive while some others can be seen enjoying the park’s wetlands.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 3 weeks ago
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Saving soil health
Bhanu is bracing herself for an income loss this year. The wheat she sowed after bajra in winter did not give her the productivity expected. Her soil health is declining, she says. To top it all, she is afraid there will be deficient rainfall this year in her village in Ferozepur Jhirka in Mewat in Haryana.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 3 weeks ago
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Seed of doubt
Signs of mustard aphid, a key pest of the mustard crop appeared predictably in November last year in Dinesh’s farm. Drifting across the open green fields, it landed on the tender leaves of the mustard crop. “It sets in November during the flowering and pod bearing stage of the crop and lasts till January.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Clean Kali: All eyes now on government
Rampura, situated in Bulandshahr district in western Uttar Pradesh, is one of the 1,200 villages on the banks of the 300-km long East Kali, a tributary of the Ganges. The river is named after goddess Kali who, according to the Hindu mythology, is fierce and fights evil by ingesting it.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 months 3 weeks ago
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Living on the edge
A tiger takes a stroll outside the reserve area, breeds on forest patches and looks out for waterholes, all under the curious eyes of visitors. This footage is from Tadoba, a popular tiger habitat in Chandrapur, Maharashtra that draws a lot of domestic and foreign tourists these days. The number of tigers in Tadoba is increasing.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 months 3 days ago
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The dirty picture
Kakkoos, a compelling documentary film on manual scavenging in Tamil Nadu is all about showing the practice as it is without any filter.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 months 2 weeks ago
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In the name of development
Pankaj Sekhsaria’s recent book Islands in flux--The Andaman and Nicobar Story is a collection of around 20 years of his writings on the environmental and conservation concerns faced by the indigenous tribal communities of the region.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 months 2 weeks ago
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When streets get smart
India's urbanisation continues unabated but most of its 53-million plus cities offer an appallingly low quality of life.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 6 months 1 week ago
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Ryots wronged, take protest to Delhi
A woman stands with a begging bowl and a placard strung around her neck. An old man shuffles along barefoot in the street at Jantar Mantar, the official site of a farmers’ protest in the heart of New Delhi. He finds his way through a group of farmers gathered at the protest site on a hot summer afternoon.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 6 months 2 weeks ago
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Budget beyond gender
Sneh Bhati, a 52-year-old farmer from Madanpur Khadar in Delhi’s fringes finds the change in the landscape of her 100-year-old village in the last two decades remarkable. Yet it has not taken away the rural charm.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 6 months 2 weeks ago
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Election update: Its hills vs plains in Manipur
The key issue in the Manipur Assembly election is the ongoing economic blockade in the state, which, in turn, is attributed to the present government’s decision to
Amita Bhaduri  posted 7 months 3 weeks ago
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Act to clean up the system
With the Right to Information (RTI) Act coming into force in the year 2005, the country saw many RTI activists making the most of it to demand the rights and entitlements of the people from the government. Pushpa, warmly known as Pushpa RTI, is one of them.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 7 months 4 weeks ago

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