04 February 2011

India’s soil health needs urgent attention - Greenpeace releases Living Soils report
The Tamil Nadu government takes away Tahsildars powers to convert wetlands (cultivable agricultural land with irrigation sources) into residential, industrial and infrastructure sites to curb indiscriminate development
Punjab government monitors water supply and sewerage projects in 45 towns under National River Conservation Plan
The Madras High Court directs the Tamil Nadu Government to stop withdrawal and selling of groundwater under the Groundwater (Development and Management) Act 2003
Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) develops a ‘Dip n Drink’ water purification pouch that fills with safe sterile water when dipped into contaminated water
Civic body makes the first successful attempt to auction lakes for fishing purposes in Vadodara, Gujarat: Vadodara Municipal Corporation along with the Department of Fisheries has successfully auctioned the annual contracts for 19 lakes in the city
The Sampoorna Swachatha Andolan, the Central government project to ensure total sanitation in rural areas found to be lagging behind in Kolar district of Karnataka: Total sanitation implementation found to be only 51% in Kolar district

03 February 2011

Water for India's People - OneWorldTV Interview with Rohini Nilekani, Arghyam
Bellandur lake, Bangalore, desperately seeking revival - Citizen Matters
Scars of the Green revolution - India Together
In a blow to conservation efforts, of the 629 water bodies identified by government agencies in Delhi, as many as 232 cannot be revived because of the increasing rate of urbanisation
The Punjab government makes testing for heavy metals and uranium mandatory for boring a tubewell
The Remote Sensing Applications Centre (RSAC) completes the GIS mapping of wetlands in Uttar Pradesh: The state forest department identifies wetlands covering an area of over 11 lakh hectares and makes management plans based on its aquatic attributes
Study finds that more than half of the schools in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, supply unhygenic drinking water to students: No difference found between public and private schools
The official crackdown on all dyeing and bleaching units along the banks of Noyyal river in the textile hub of Tirupur in Tamil Nadu begins: Power supply to two dyeing units disconnected
Alarming fall in the water table level in Punjab leads to over extraction and exploitation of groundwater as farmers reluctant to reduce area under paddy cultivation
Despite having as many as 831 wetlands, the state of Gujarat does not have a single Ramsar certified site
Investments of Rs 35,000 Crore already made in power sector in no-go areas say Coal Ministry, Prime Minister asks MOEF to take another look at decision of 'no-go' areas and Comprehensive Environment Pollution Index (CEPI)
74% of world's forest cover distributed between India, China, Australia, Indonesia and Myanmar according to a recent FAO report: The role of India in adding 300,000 hectares of forest every year highlighted in the report
The Jammu and Kashmir state government issues bills for water usage to all hydel projects operating in the state as per the Jammu & Kashmir's Water Resources Act 2010