India strengthens its ties with China

India strengthens its ties with China

The two countries sign a new agreement strengthening their relationship on trans-border rivers. China assures facilitating exchange of flood data and eases India's concern over new dams on Brahmaputra.

Creating national regulator for green nod not possible, tells govt to SC

Anticipating the challenges for infrastructure and finances to come up with the creation of regulator for environmental clearances, MoEF tells Supreme Court that appointing such an authority is not feasible.

After cyclone, Andhra reels under heavy downpour

Authorities evacuate thousands in Andhra Pradesh, experiencing heavy rains triggered by northeast monsoon and a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal. 

Ban lifted on mining in 22 rivers in Uttarakhand

Supreme Court permits the Uttarakhand government to carry out mining in 22 rivers in the state. A special mining force is constitued in the state to keep a check on illegal river-bed mining.

Govt to protect Goa's wildlife sanctuaries by creating buffer zone

In a bid to protect the wildlife sanctuaries from mining and other human activities, environment ministry plans to notify buffer zone of one km around six wildlife sanctuaries in the state as eco-sensitive zones.

TN govt encourages consumers to install solar rooftop

The state government announces a capital subsidy of Rs. 20,000 for each 1 kW solar rooftop system. The subsidy is in addition to the Rs. 30,000 given by central government to the consumers and will be given to only first 10,000 applicants.

Petroleum minister boards metro to keep up his promise

Promising to take metro ride to his office every Wednesday for promoting fuel conservation, union petroleum minister uses public transport but this time more like a common man.

Villagers revive Nagi lake under MNREGA

The lake which remained empty for more than 25 years, was restored by the people of Namthang, Sikkim, using spring water harvesting technology.

World Bank to aid UP for its water project

Signs an agreement with the state government for crediting US$ 360 million for the Uttar Pradesh Water Sector Restructuring Project Phase-II. 

Punjab seeks plan to recycle agricultural waste

Forms a panel for studying the feasibility of producing fuel by recycling agricultural waste. 

Kolhapur's 200 foundries set to go green

200 foundries in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, to take up energy-efficient technology following the World Bank's initiative to grant subsidy to those units that comply with the green norms.

No NOC for removing silt, urge farmers

Perambalur farmers in Tamil Nadu seek exemption from no-objection certificate clause for silt removal from ponds and tanks for agricultural purposes.

Pollution rises near Adyar due to delay in restoration project

Rs. 24.93 crore eco-restoration project across 300 acres of the Adyar estuary in Chennai still awaits implementation, despite getting sanctioned eight months ago.

Kerala's restaurant bears a heavy cost to the environment

Supreme Court orders demolition of Mazhavil restaurant in Aluva that caused an ecological loss of Rs. 1.3 crores on at least five counts, including drinking water pollution.

This is the roundup of important news for October 24 & 25, 2013.

Source: 
Press Information Bureau, Zee News, The Indian Express, The New Indian Express, Business Standard, Down to Earth, The Hindu, The Times of India, The Economic Times
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