Super cyclone hits the coasts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh weaker

Phailin creates less destruction as expected

The super cyclone hits the coasts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh weaker as anticipated but may lead to heavy rains inducing floods in Bihar and north Chhattisgarh.

2013 marks highest number of environment cases

Out of 83 environment cases pending, 60 cases are filed in 2013 alone, with most of the cases related to mining.

Around 400 million children in the world still poorest

Though there is a significant improvement  in number people lifting themselves out of poverty over the past three decades, but still around 400 million children across the world are staying in extreme poverty in 2010, says a recent World Bank report.

EAC doubts practicality of Lower Kopili hydel project

The environmental assessment committee requests Assam government to review its need to construct the proposed Lower Kopili hydropower project. High acidity of river water might impose a serious threat to life of electro-mechanical component leading to higher cost of power generation by the project.

Govt issues notices to 22 illegal water units

Following the directives of National Green Tribunal, government issues show cause notice to 22 firms in Tamil Nadu selling unauthorised packaged drinking water in the name of herbal water.

HC relaxes ban on idol immersion for one more year

Following its ban on idol immersion in Ganga and Yamuna rivers this year, Allahabad high court lifts the ban on several conditions for this year and refuses to extend the time frame any further.  

Ernakulum tank bears the brunt of encroahers

The 67 acres of Ernakulm tank in Tamil Nadu, has reduced to just 50 acres due to encroachment by real estate developers. The encroachments have led to a total halt on cultivation of samba crops for the past few decades. 

Neela Hauz remains in a hopeless state

Its been three years to the destruction of once a glorifying water body of Delhi, Neela Hauz, and false commitment of government to restore it after the Commonwealth Games get over.

UP villagers excercise testing water quality

In a bid to identify areas with high arsenic or fluoride content in groundwater, authorities impart training in checking water quality to 650 people from 1,425 villages in Uttar Pradesh.

MNREGA might include sericulture

With an aim to incorporate small-scale and marginal farmers into the scheme, government is planning to include sericulture sector under MNREGA.

Villages in Thanjavur to get training in waste management

Six villages around Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, selected for implementation of solid and liquid waste mangement, under the Clean Thanjavur Movement.

This is the roundup of important news for October 12 & 13, 2013.

Source: 
The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Financial Express, The Times of India, The World Bank, The Economic Times, Press Information Bureau, The Assam Tribune
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