Pakistan asks India to withdraw troops from Siachen

Pakistan asks India to withdraw its troop from the virgin snow

Asserts that the presence of Indian troops in Siachen is leading to environmental degradation and pollution in one of the main sources of water in Pakistan.

Water sharing issues of new states to be dealt by Central govt

Central government will be empowered to resolve the Krishna and Godavari river water sharing issues between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, if the two states, following the bifurcation, fail to come to a mutual agreement within one year.

NABARD plans to set up water purifier plants

To make clean drinking water available to rural areas in the country, NABARD is all set to install 600 water purifying plants across the nation by 2014 under its umbrella programme for natural resource management.

SC orders eviction of illegal dwellings from Corbett

Supreme Court directs Uttarakhand government to remove illegal colonies meant to be temporary habitations during the construction of Ramganga Hydel Project in 1966 at Corbett Tiger Reserve.

Pipavav Port project receives environment clearance

MoEF grants environmental clearance to expansion and modernisation of Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd. The project was re-validated by the Expert Appraisal Committee following the petition filed against it.

53,000 households defecate in open in Goa

Census data 2011 reveals that as many as 53,000 houses in the state do not have toilets and 28% of the houses do not receive treated tap water for drinking.

NGT pulls MoEF for encroachment over floodplains

Following the unauthorised construction on Yamuna and Hindon floodplains in Uttar Pradesh-NCR, National Green Tribunal orders environment ministry to clarify its status on implementing the River Regulation Zone policy to prohibit such encroachments.

Karnataka govt plans to ban quarrying in 5 km radius of dams

To check damage caused to reservoirs due to stone quarrying, state government is planning to impose stringent norms on the activity in 5 km radius of dams and reservoirs in Karnataka.

Forest officials take steps to reduce man-animal conflict in TN

In a bid to keep wild animals away from human habitation, Hosur Forest Division in Tamil Nadu constructs eight barrages inside the reserve forest to quench the thirst of animals.

Pune MC invited to UN's Climate and Clean Air Coalition

For its project in solid waste and water management, Pune Municipal Corporation bags invite to join UNEP's Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

Maharashtra experiences an alarming trend in groundwater levels

Despite good rainfall in the state, 97 talukas in Maharashtra showed depletion in water table, reveals Groundwater Survey and Development Agency.

WCL ordered to remove waste dumped along Maharashtra rivers

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board issues notice to Western Coalfields Limited for removal of the waste disposed along rivers in Nagpur, Chandrapur and Yavatmal districts of the state. Failing to do so will incur heavy penality on the company.

Experts call for safer fishing methods

Experts ask Karnataka government to ban bull-trawling and use of diamond-shaped mesh to catch fishes which are adversely affecting sustainable fishing.

This is the roundup of important news for December 4 & 5, 2013.

The Hindu, The Times of India, Down to Earth, Deccan Herald, The New Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Live Mint
News daily - Pakistan asks India to withdraw its troops from Siachen glacier in Kashmir, Central govt will be empowered to resolve water sharing issues between Andhra and Telangana, NABARD plans to install 600 water purifiers in rural areas across the country by 2014.