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Water management - Mounting challenges and responses - A report on the three day seminar jointly organised by KSCSTE and C Achutha Menon Foundation, Trivandrum from the 21st to the 23rd December 2012
A 3 day national seminar organised for creating awareness and triggering a dialogue among scientists and lay people on the emerging challenges related to water resources, quality and conservation Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 8 years 7 months ago

This three day national seminar was jointly organised by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), Thiruvananthapuram, and the C Achutha Menon Foundation (AMF), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and included presentations and discussions on a range of water related themes such as water scarcity, water conservation, commercialisation of water, water conflicts and water management.

The seminar aimed at creating awareness and triggering a dialogue among scientists, academicians, researchers, activists, as well as lay people on the emerging challenges related to water resources, water quality and water conservation in the state of Kerala. The seminar was inaugurated by Shri V M Sudheeran, Ex MP and former speaker, while Dr Rajasekaran Pillai, Executive Vice President KSCSTE, delivered the keynote address with the felicitation by Shri M P Achuthan, MP.

The seminar included discussions under five different themes related to water issues that included water scarcity, water conservation, commercialisation of water, water as an new area for conflicts and water management.

Seminar on water management

The three day seminar on water management at the Achuta Menon Foundation, Trivandrum, Kerala

Reviving a lake transforms 120 acres of barren land into a self-sufficient organic farm: The story of Rajesh Naik and Oddoor farms, Mangalore, Karnataka
A visit to Oddoor farms near Mangalore, Karnataka, provides an inspiring example of the efforts made by Rajesh Naik ji to transform 120 acres of barren land into a lush green farm. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 8 years 7 months ago

A visit to Oddoor farms near Mangalore, Karnataka, provides an inspiring example of the efforts made by Rajesh Naik ji to transform 120 acres of barren land into a lush green farm through his persistent efforts of creating a two acre and fifty feet deep lake, which has not only transformed the surrounding area, but has also helped in improving the water table in the surrounding village, besides helping in the development of a self sufficient organic farm and a dairy.

Oddoor farms, around 25 kilometres away from Mangalore city is a great example of a very successful effort made by Rajesh Naik ji who has transformed 120 acres of barren land into a self sufficient organic farm by developing a 50 feet lake on two acres of land.  The journey has been a long one and not without its share of challenges, but persistence and constant optimism and hard work to overcome challenges has reaped results in the last twenty years, informs Rajesh Naik ji.

Oddoor farms

Rajesh Naik ji near the lake he has developed at the Oddoor farms near Mangalore

Heavy rains continue in the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala - News Roundup (16th to 30th November 2011)
The newsroundup in the last two weeks of November indicates heavy rainfall in the south Indian states. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 9 years 10 months ago

The most affected will be Tamil Nadu followed by Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala leading to floods, overflowing of dams and damage to property. Assessments of the earthquake in Sikkim are now ready as information is finally available.

Northeast monsoon arrives in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Lakshadweep and coastal Andhra Pradesh, snowfall in Himachal and Kashmir - News Roundup (15 to 31 October 2011)
The news roundup over the period of 15th to the 31st of October 2011 indicates the arrival of the Northeast monsoon. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 9 years 11 months ago

The monsoon has become active in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Lakshadweep and parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh. There are also reports of heavy rainfall in parts of Karnataka. At the same time, news from the north in the states of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir includes reports of a cold wave and rains and the first snowfall of the season.

Northeast monsoon

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