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  • Why are lands acquired from farmers barren? SC asks states The Supreme Court has issued notices and sought responses from the Centre and the state governments--Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Punjab--over the forceful acquisition of fertile agricultura...
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  • In a tropical country like India, the summer months are hot which threaten the health of millions of people every year. For example, in 2013, more than 600 deaths were reported due to heat waves in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, where the temperatures soared to as high as 47.28 °C, while ...
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  • A majority of states fail to stop overexploitation of groundwater The central government has informed the parliamentary committee that most of the states have not complied with the 2013 order of preparing a master plan for artificial recharge of groundwater. Only six states--Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat...
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  • In order to celebrate 20 years of ATREE and to call attention to current challenges in biodiversity conservation, environment and development, ATREE has organized a two day international conference in January, 2017. The main themes of the conference  are Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; Wat...
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  • The ZSBP is an initiative of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Saniation, Government of India (GoI) and Tata Trusts; to be implemented in collaboration with State Governments. The core focus of the programme is achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) status of all villages and improving the lives of p...
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  • The year 2016 was eventful, to say the least when it comes to the water scenario in the country. The year saw severe droughts affecting 33 crore people across 10 states. The states of Assam and Bihar experienced severe flooding, the Ganga clean-up plan has so far been a failure and the lakes an...
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  • Lingaraj Jena is a worried man. At 86, he is one of the older fishermen in Berhampura village, an island on the Chilika lake in Odisha. Though he no longer goes for fishing due to old age, he is worried about the opening of new sea mouths; he knows it is not good news for the fishing communities he ...
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  • No final approval for Ken-Betwa river link as claimed by Centre Union water minister Uma Bharti has informed through an official press release that the wildlife board has cleared the Ken-Betwa river link and that only the decision on the funding pattern remains now for the project to take off....
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  • A river is a natural stream of fresh water fed by rain or melting snow during the monsoon. On its onward journey, many tributaries join in and the river and its tributaries form the drainage basin. The river collects the available runoff and groundwater discharge and flows into an ocean or a landloc...
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  • Applicants who are interested and committing to bringing change in the water sector may express their interest and apply as per the instructions given below Procedure for Submission of Application: The Terms of Reference (ToR) for submitting the Expression of Interest (EoI) with details regarding S...
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  • I have an underground storage at my which is storing water recd from the pipeline of Municipal Corporation. I have installed electric motor for lifting water from the underground storage to overhead tank in my terrace. One morning I switched on the motor for lifting water and forgot to switch off th...
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  • We have analysed our bore water and give below the details for reference, comments and suggestion. Physical properties: appearance when analysed - turbid. After filtration - clear. PH value at 25 C - 6.95. Colour - Yellowish. odour - Agreeabe . turbidity - 21.0. Electrical conductivity - 5840 microm...
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  • Most of Hyderabad water bodies reduced to cesspools Out of the 25 prominent water bodies in Hyderabad, 23 have failed to meet the water quality standards set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). With the presence of high levels of faecal coliform, all 23 water bodies fall below ...
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  • NGT seeks MP, Rajasthan's opinion on maintaining e-flow in Chambal river The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Madhya Pradesh and the Rajasthan governments to give their opinion on parting with 10 percent of their water share of the Chambal river for maintaining the river's environmental flow...
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  • Noted environment lawyer Ritwick Dutta received the Bhagirath Prayas Samman at the recently concluded India Rivers’ Week. We catch up with him on his journey so far and how we can further expand the constituency of environment. Q. Who was your idol and what did you learn from him/her? I had no i...
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  • “I remember I need to work on that article of yours. Will do that when I get better,” Anupam ji said taking my hands in his. He had gone weak, was in a lot of pain but still took out the time to attend the inaugural day of India Rivers’ Week (IRW) last month. That he remembered a promise he ha...
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  • On Children’s Day on November 14 this year, two organisations in Odisha--Shramajeebee Sangathan (SJS), Malkangiri and Jeebika Suraksha Mancha, Kandhamal--organised a massive padayatra (street walk) in villages as an awareness drive and to mobilise communities to curb malnutrition deaths ...
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  • While nearly half of the world’s population (42 percent) lacks access to improved sanitation conditions, India is the worst performer in sanitation coverage, even below those countries with half of the households (53 percent) not having access to toilets. At 49.8 percent, India has the highest num...
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  • The India-UK Water Centre is inviting proposals for two activities: 1. Proposals to take part in researcher exchanges in order to spend time exploring new science ideas around on the Centre's themes, building capacity or training in research methods, or exchanging latest findings. These exchanges m...
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  • An aerospace engineer from IIT, Kharagpur, Siddharth Agarwal could have been drawing a fancy salary like any other 25-year-old if he hadn’t followed his passion. Born and bred in Kolkata, his curiosity of life around rivers and his interest in knowing it first hand to form the right perspective of...
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Why are lands acquired from farmers barren? SC asks states

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There is a grave health concern around women manual workers who work under extreme conditions of heat with poor access to sanitary facilities. This needs urgent redressal at the policy level.

In a tropical country like India, the summer months are hot which threaten the health of millions of people every year.

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A majority of states fail to stop overexploitation of groundwater

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In order to celebrate 20 years of ATREE and to call attention to current challenges in biodiversity conservation, environment and development, ATREE has organized a two day international conference in January, 2017. The main themes of the conference  are Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; Water and Society; Forest Governance and Livelihoods; and Climate Change and Development.

January 24, 2017 9:00AM - January 25, 2017 7:00PM

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The ZSBP is an initiative of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Saniation, Government of India (GoI) and Tata Trusts; to be implemented in collaboration with State Governments. The core focus of the programme is achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) status of all villages and improving the lives of people in rural India.

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From river disputes to the failure of the Ganga clean-up plan and the interlinking of rivers, water conflicts dominated most of 2016.

The year 2016 was eventful, to say the least when it comes to the water scenario in the country. The year saw severe droughts affecting 33 crore people across 10 states. The states of Assam and Bihar experienced severe flooding, the Ganga clean-up plan has so far been a failure and the lakes and other water bodies in the urban India continue to be under threat due to encroachment and water pollution.

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The opening of sea mouths in the Chilika is increasing the salinity of the lake, affecting the fish population and the livelihood of the fishing communities.

Lingaraj Jena is a worried man. At 86, he is one of the older fishermen in Berhampura village, an island on the Chilika lake in Odisha. Though he no longer goes for fishing due to old age, he is worried about the opening of new sea mouths; he knows it is not good news for the fishing communities he is a part of that depend on the Chilika for their livelihood. If the government did not act on the people's concern urgently, he believes it could spell doom to the fisherfolk.

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No final approval for Ken-Betwa river link as claimed by Centre

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The increasing pollution and the decrease in river water flow have made revival of rivers a non-negotiable need today. The solution is in cleaning the rivers--not in parts but as a whole.

A river is a natural stream of fresh water fed by rain or melting snow during the monsoon. On its onward journey, many tributaries join in and the river and its tributaries form the drainage basin. The river collects the available runoff and groundwater discharge and flows into an ocean or a landlocked water body at the end of its journey. A perennial river is a living ecosystem, an essential component of the natural hydrological cycle and its continuous flow is an inbuilt character of its health.

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Applicants who are interested and committing to bringing change in the water sector may express their interest and apply as per the instructions given below

Procedure for Submission of Application: The Terms of Reference (ToR) for submitting the Expression of Interest (EoI) with details regarding Scope, Eligibility, Application procedure available here.

January 12, 2017 12:00AM

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