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When women came together for water
Women of Podapathar village in Sundargarh district in Odisha have become an inspiration for millions of women in the country now, thanks to their determination to improve the drinking water situation in their village. 
makarandpurohit  posted 2 weeks 4 days ago
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The fight for the doomed land
On January 13, 1957, the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the Hirakud dam, calling it the temple of modern India. It has submerged more than 360 villages (1,23,000 acres of land) and displaced 26,561 families.
makarandpurohit  posted 2 weeks 4 days ago
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Western Ghats: The green gold of India
The Western Ghats is one of the eight hotspots of biological diversity in the world and is spread across six states—Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The forests in the Western Ghats are the water towers of peninsular India.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 weeks 6 days ago
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Ousteri lake needs help!
Ousteri lake is the largest water body in the Puducherry region.
makarandpurohit  posted 1 month 3 days ago
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A fishing holiday for marine health
"The world has enough for everyone's needs, but not enough for everyone's greed”--Mahatma Gandhi 
makarandpurohit  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Let the river flow
One of the tributaries of the Yamuna, the Ken, is a major river of the Bundelkhand region of central India and flows through two states, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. River Ken regulates groundwater recharge and provides vegetation found on its banks.
makarandpurohit  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Mangroves: The green coast guard
In our effort to make space for infrastructural developments, India's green cover is declining at an alarming rate. The overall mangrove cover in the country stands at 4,740 sq. km., which is 0.14 sq. km of India’s overall geographical area. 
makarandpurohit  posted 2 months 3 hours ago
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Minimising bycatch
Fishing trawlers symbolise industrial-scale fishing which is lucrative in the present day market. These machines that catch fish in huge numbers are said to be a boon to the sector’s economy but a closer look at the figures show that these modes of mass fishing may not be as efficient as they may seem to appear.
makarandpurohit  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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To some, floods can be good news
Floods are generally considered destructive but in some cases, overflowing rivers have the potential to create wetlands. These wetlands can serve as agreeable landscapes that turn resourceful due to the multiple functions it can host. The Kanwar Lake in Bihar is a striking example of this shared, altering landscapes. 
makarandpurohit  posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
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How a poor labourer became a rich farmer
Vasant Baburao Parkale, a 52-year-old farmer, has become a role model for many farmers in the drought-prone Marathwada region. His determination and the will to excel in life have helped him to transform his dreams into reality.
makarandpurohit  posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
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The Little Rann of Kutch
How often does one get to experience a terrain that is as dramatically transformative as The Little Rann of Kutch? With changing seasons, it adorns itself with different landscapes, thus, completely shifting shape, its functions and appeal. 
makarandpurohit  posted 3 months 5 days ago
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Floating national park calls for help
In a country as diverse as India where the mountain meets the ocean and deserts blend into forests, one hallmark of beauty that is often left out of the travel catalogues is the outstanding Loktak lake in Manipur. 
makarandpurohit  posted 3 months 1 week ago
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Managing willows in Wular lake
The devastating flood in 2015 in the Kashmir valley affected more than 2.5 lakh houses and displaced about 5.5 lakh people. The economic loss was massive.   Many researchers and experts believe that careful conservation and protection of the lakes, ponds and wetlands in the Kashmir valley could have reduced the scale of the devastation to a large extent. 
makarandpurohit  posted 3 months 2 weeks ago
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The good clams of Ashtamudi
Spanning an area of 61 sq km, the Ashtamudi lake is considered the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. While the lake on the outside radiates with natural beauty, there is a notable treasure nesting deep within its waters--the short-neck clams.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 months 3 weeks ago
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Why save the vultures?
Vultures are nature’s own cleanup crew. These scavengers are known to be immensely effective in managing animal waste by feeding on animal carcasses that, otherwise, have no other ways of disintegrating quickly.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 months 3 weeks ago
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Every drop that matters!
The people of the Marathwada region have been facing severe water crisis for more than three decades. Despite adverse circumstances, the Akoladev panchayat in the Jalna district has set an example for other panchayats by solving their water woes through community participation and effective water harvesting measures that suit their geographic terrain.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 months 3 weeks ago
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Chilka's health brings wealth
Spanning over 1,165 sq km, the Chilika Lake is Asia’s largest saltwater lake. Over 200,000 fishers and 400,000 farmers depend on the lake for their livelihood. But what makes this lake stand out is its biodiversity.Over a million migratory birds winter here, making it a bird watcher’s paradise in India.
makarandpurohit  posted 4 months 5 days ago
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Can we save our farmers?
The year 2009 was an exceptionally dry year for Maharashtra. There was an acute shortage of water. The farmlands went dry. The farmers, unable to pay their debts, were a worried lot. Lakshman Ambilkar of Kinni village in the Yavatmal district of Maharashtra was one such farmer who could not take it anymore. He killed himself, leaving a young, distraught wife to fend for herself.
makarandpurohit  posted 4 months 3 weeks ago
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Problems of mine: When coal threatens Raigarh
It was in the late 90s that Raigarh emerged as the hub for power, coal mining and sponge iron in Chhattisgarh. The coalfield in Mand Raigarh is spread over an area of more than 1,12,000 hectares with an estimated 21,117 metric tonnes of coal. 
makarandpurohit  posted 6 months 3 weeks ago
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Water worried no more
Located 10 km from the Yavatmal city in Maharashtra, the Nilona reservoir has been the primary drinking water source for its residents since 1972. As in many other parts of the country, the 1990s saw the city growing and the population increasing. The Yavatmal residents, who had not experienced water shortage till then, started facing acute drinking water shortage.
makarandpurohit  posted 7 months 2 weeks ago

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