Tipaimukh and Dibang HEPs flunk the green test

MoEF denies clearance to Tipaimukh and Dibang HEPs

Environment clearance rejected to 1500 MW Tipaimukh multipurpose hydroelectric project in Manipur and 3000 MW Dibang in Arunachal Pradesh. Ministry suggests constructing smaller dams by diverting smaller forest areas as an alternative.

Land reform bill comes as a shocker

The draft National Reform Policy 2013 proposes to exempt religious and educational organisations from using more than one unit of 15 acres, in a bid to distribute the land to the landless by taking it from those holding the land in exceedance.

Govt releases first set of draft rules of Companies Act

Mandates spending 2% of the average net profit made in the past three years to fulfill corporate social responsibilities even if the company meets a net loss. Awaits stakeholders' feedback on the first set of draft rules by October 8.

Environment ministry demands water cess for shale gas explorers

Owing to the huge amount of water used in shale gas exploration, MoEF proposes petroleum ministry to add water cess for explorers in the forthcoming shale gas policy. 

Goa challenges to step down water wastage

Goa government includes in its 24X7 water supply scheme, the plan to decrease state's non revenue water by 25% within six year. 

Jindal company gets a three weeks notice

National Green Tribunal gave the company, operating waste to energy plant in Okhla, South Delhi, three weeks time to control its emissions and segregate the waste properly before it is disposed or face shut down.

Uttarakhand's solar power scheme flourishes

Within 15 days of launching the rooftop solar power scheme, the state government has received applications for more than 65% of its installation capacity target.

Environmentalists stand up against river diversion project

Urge citizens to file a petition to CM for dismissing the proposal to build Yettinahole diversion project at Nethravati river in Karnataka, as the project poses a serious threat to the fragile ecosystem of Western Ghats.

Misery befalls pristine Adyar

The riverbank has turned into a disposal site for lorry-loads of cement waste which enters the Adyar river and become permanent blocks affecting its course.

Karnataka's highest tomato yielding variety gains popularity

Arka Rakshak variety of tomato by Institute of Horticulture Research produces 19 kg of tomatoes per plant. The new variety is also resistant to three diseases of tomato.

This a roundup of important news for September 11, 2013.

Source: 
Business Standard, The Times of India, The Hindu, Governance Now, Down To Earth, The Northeast Today
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News today- Environment clearance denied to Tipaimukh and Dibang HEPs, draft land reform policy proposes to exempt religious and educational organisations from using more than one unit of 15 acres, first set of draft rules of the Companies Act mandate stakeholders to spend 2% of the average net profit made in the past three years in fulfilling corporate social responsibilities.
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