After mercury, lead comes into the limelight

After mercury, lead comes into the limelight 

WHO warns the world against the threat of lead poisoning on children globally. Calls upon all the countries to take stong actions for elimination of lead poisoning.

Govt makes study of river basin carrying capacity mandatory

In a bid to plan optimal number of hydel projects in a river basin, environment ministry mandates state governments to conduct carrying capacities studies of river basins prior to granting green clearances for hydropower and river valley projects.

Govt might penalise states to meet renewable energy targets

Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy proposes power ministry to get tough on states that are not implementing renewable purchase obligation.

Karnataka govt gets lenient for sand, stone mining

Decides to allow stone crushing within 100 meters of forests and rejects Lokayukta report accusing illegal sand miners in Bagalkot district.

Expert committee formed to study Uttarakhand disaster

Four months following the floods in the state, government forms the panel to study the impacts of hydropower projects on Uttarakhand's ecology. 

Pavana tagged as a dead river

The river in the industrial town of Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra, has been categorised as Class 'C' of pollution norms as per PCMD's environment report. Pavana river continues to deteriorate as the authorities await government approval to implement the Rs. 700 crore river improvement plan.

Delhi, Kolkata hotspots of air pollution

Recognising air pollution as a major cause of cancer, WHO findings direct its attention towards Delhi, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Jharkhand having worst air quality in India.

Reclamation poses serious threat to Nuvem's fragile ecology

The 1 km haphazard reclamation and fragmentation of Rumder wetland in Goa, takes a heavy toll on age-old traditional lake and livelihood of locals.

Odisha govt uses ineligible land for watershed projects

Violates the guidelines by spending huge funds for carrying out watershed development projects on agricultural land instead of wasteland, finds CAG.

Heavy rainfall raises water table in Marathwada

Owing to heavy showers in the region, groundwater level improves in 53 out of 76 tehsils in Marathwada, reeling under acute water shortage for last two years, reports the state government.

Madurai bans Prosopis juliflora

To improve the water table in the city, Madurai municipal corporation orders a ban on raising water-intensive seemai karuvelam trees on private lands.

Odisha keeps October 22 as the target date

Odisha government plans to complete its relief operation by October 22 in the areas affected due to super cyclone and floods.

No protection to Goa's six major lakes

Goa government remains inactive to save the six major lakes in the state facing a serious threat from pollution and encroachment. Violates the orders of Bombay high court to prepare a detailed plan for protection of these lakes.

This is the roundup of important news for October 19 & 20, 2013.

 

 

 

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The Times of India, NDTV, The New Indian Express, Zee News, Deccan Chronicle, Down to Earth, The Indian Express, The Hindu
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