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  • Rabindra Kumar Jena, the Member of Parliament (MP) from Balasore, Odisha knew that something was wrong with the health of people in a part of his constituency but he could not put his finger to it. By sheer chance, in 2015, he got to know that this seemed to be related to excessive fluoride in water...
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  • I am a student of NIT Rourkela, and I plan to set up a carbonated water bottling (unflavored) company in Odisha, and need information regarding the same. Also, need some information regarding market status (demand and supply) of carbonated water in Odisha and nearby regions, along with information r...
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  • Government approves Rs 5,369 crore for Jal Vikas Marg Project With the technical assistance and investment support from the World Bank, the Centre has given its approval to Rs 5,369 crore Jal Vikas Marg Project for capacity augmentation of navigation on the Haldia-Varanasi stretch of National ...
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  • Carbon content in India's soil decreases According to a recent report by a consortium of agriculture institutes, out of 350 million hectares of soil in India, 120 million hectares has already turned problematic, that is, either the soil has turned acidic, saline, or alkaline. The carbon content in ...
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  • In the early hours, the villagers of Khalabari, a tribal-dominated village in the Dumuripadar gram panchayat of Koraput district in Odisha step out of their houses for bringing wood and drinking water. The road to the forest where the water is available is rocky. Both women and men walk a few kilome...
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  • NGT raps authorities for Yamuna cleanup in Delhi  The National Green Tribunal has rapped both the Delhi government and the Delhi Jal Board for delaying compliance with orders on the Yamuna cleaning project. It has also sought show cause from authorities for why contempt proceedings should not ...
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  • 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.  Earlier the women had to fetch water for domestic use&n...
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  • 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. Out of these displaced families, around 11,000 families and thei...
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  • Back in 2015, the Member of Parliament (MP) from Balasore, Odisha got to know about a strange problem in his constituency. There were reports of a number of bone deformities and crippled people in areas surrounding Patripal village of Remuna block. They seemed to be related to fluoride in water, cau...
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  • Does gender matter when it comes to sanitation? Apparently, it does. Women suffer more than men in case of poor access to sanitation that compromises their health, mobility and freedom. Since there is a possibility of being sexually assaulted or harassed while answering nature’s call in the o...
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  • Environment ministry recommends dropping seven hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh Based on the result of the cumulative impact assessment and carrying capacity study of the Kameng river basin, the environment ministry has recommended dropping seven hydropower projects with a total capacity of 2,33...
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  • Need to tackle core issues to end farm crisis: Experts According to farm sector experts, the Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver in Maharashtra alone will not help improve the situation of farmers in the state as they will continue to suffer from other important issues such as high input costs, l...
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  • Uttarakhand challenges living person status to Ganga and Yamuna rivers, moves SC On the grounds that the Ganga and the Yamuna are interstate rivers, the Uttarakhand government has sought a stay from the Supreme Court on the living person status conferred to the two rivers. Earlier this year, the hi...
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  • Government cancels green nod to Odisha's coal washery project The expert appraisal committee of the environment ministry has cancelled the green clearance granted to a coal washery project in Jharsuguda district of Odisha. The reason behind deferring of the green nod is the committee's concern...
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  • 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 i...
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  • India's groundwater crisis: Gujarat's solar irrigation cooperative embarks on a solution The world's first Solar Pump Irrigators’ Cooperative Enterprise (SPICE) has been formed in Dhundi village in Gujarat's Kheda district. Members of the enterprise have not only made a switch from diesel to sola...
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  • After becoming a human entity, Ganga river receives first legal notice The Uttarakhand high court has issued the first legal notice to the Ganga river, which was accorded human status recently. The court has sought a response from the river for allowing construction of a trenching ground in its lan...
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  • In the last few decades, India has seen an increasing number of people migrating from rural areas to urban cities in search of work and better living. These migrants often get employed in the informal sector as construction workers, vendors, domestic servants, etc. They also live in informal settlem...
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  • NGT to hear petition on Ganga revival on a day-to-day basis The National Green Tribunal has decided to hear a petition filed in 1985 on the Ganga river clean-up on a day-to-day basis from February 6. The decision has been taken following the transfer of matter concerning the dis...
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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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FKAN’s work on preparing an action plan for the fluoride-affected Remuna block in Balasore shows how proactive policy work can help highlight the issue.

Rabindra Kumar Jena, the Member of Parliament (MP) from Balasore, Odisha knew that something was wrong with the health of people in a part of his constituency but he could not put his finger to it. By sheer chance, in 2015, he got to know that this seemed to be related to excessive fluoride in water, which caused a disease called skeletal fluorosis.

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I am a student of NIT Rourkela, and I plan to set up a carbonated water bottling (unflavored) company in Odisha, and need information regarding the same. Also, need some information regarding market status (demand and supply) of carbonated water in Odisha and nearby regions, along with information regarding regulations and policies to be followed and documents to be filed for the same. Any help would be highly appreciated.

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Government approves Rs 5,369 crore for Jal Vikas Marg Project

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Carbon content in India's soil decreases

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The villagers of Khalabari are hopeful that the overhead tank being built in the village would make drinking water easily accessible to them.

In the early hours, the villagers of Khalabari, a tribal-dominated village in the Dumuripadar gram panchayat of Koraput district in Odisha step out of their houses for bringing wood and drinking water. The road to the forest where the water is available is rocky. Both women and men walk a few kilometres on the harsh terrain to bring essential commodities needed for their survival. Khalabari, with a population of 186, has 45 households. 

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NGT raps authorities for Yamuna cleanup in Delhi 

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The video tells the story of the women of Podapathar village in Himgir panchayat in Odisha who, through their collective efforts, managed to improve the drinking water situation in their village.

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. 

Earlier the women had to fetch water for domestic use at 4 am. The nearest drinking water source was 1 km away. "In 2002, the panchayat installed two hand pumps at Podapathar but the water from the hand pump was not fit for drinking," says Dutiya Kisan, a woman in her 50s.

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Here's a video that tells the story of the struggle of the people displaced by the Hirakud dam and their right over the 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. Out of these displaced families, around 11,000 families and their successors have been residing in the periphery of the Hirakud reservoir in 34 unsurveyed villages.

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How Balasore became recognised as a fluorosis-affected district in Odisha

Back in 2015, the Member of Parliament (MP) from Balasore, Odisha got to know about a strange problem in his constituency. There were reports of a number of bone deformities and crippled people in areas surrounding Patripal village of Remuna block. They seemed to be related to fluoride in water, causing a disease called Skeletal Fluorosis.

The problem was that Government data seemed to indicate the entire Balasore district to be free from fluoride (See above figure). But how then were people getting crippled? This started a journey for the MP from Balasore, Rabindra Kumar Jena.

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Women, who need safe sanitation the most, are often left out of crucial sanitation-related decisions at households, a study says.

Does gender matter when it comes to sanitation? Apparently, it does. Women suffer more than men in case of poor access to sanitation that compromises their health, mobility and freedom. Since there is a possibility of being sexually assaulted or harassed while answering nature’s call in the open, they hesitate to drink enough water to avoid urinating leading to various diseases like urinary tract infections, heat stroke, kidney infections, etc. Women often hold the urge to defecate due to the lack of access to sanitation leading to chronic constipation and intestinal damage.

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