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  • Corporates like Tata Steel, Essel Mining violate green laws in OdishaIron ore worth more than Rs. 45,000 crore has been extracted ilegally by top steel makers and miners in Odisha, a report of the Commission appointed to investigate illegal mining in the State has found. The Justice MB Shah Commissi...
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  • Welfare schemes not of much use to urban slumsA survey by the National Sample Survey Organisation has revealed that over 30% urban slums across India have no toilets or drainage facilities. This is inspite of fund allocation for the same from Central government welfare schemes such as the Jawaharlal...
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  • Kejriwal frees water in DelhiPromises to supply 20 kilolitres of free water per month to each household in Delhi but with a 10% hike in tariff for those consuming over 20 kilolitres water. However, CAG reports that raw water available in the capital not enough to meet potable water de...
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  • HC upholds ban on plastic packaging for junk food in HPVacates stay on Himachal Pradesh government's order banning plastic packaging for 25 junk food items. Directs enforcement of the ban from January 26, 2014.MoEF gives conditional nod to Haryana's nuclear power projectGrants green clearance&n...
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  • Kerala scores worst in access to potable water: NSSOAccording to a report by the National Sample Survey Organisation, only 29.5% rural households in Kerala have access to safe drinking water as compared to the national average of 88.5%. The survey counts bottled water, piped water into dwellings, pi...
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  • New MoEF Minister delays final notification on Western Ghats Draft notification for declaring eco-sensitive area in the Western Ghats has been put on hold as the new Environment Minister wants to invite comments from CMs of the six states.Uttarakhand govt initiates allotment process o...
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  • Centre issues guidelines to simplify green clearance processMoEF comes out with new guidelines on environmental clearance that will give more powers to states and help them quicken the decision making process.SC issues notice to MoEF and states for worsening critically polluted clustersPul...
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  • India allowed to construct Kishenganga hydel projectThe International Court of Arbitration rejects Pakistan's contention and allows India to divert water from Kishenganga river for power generation.Odisha's disaster management earns UN felicitationUN appreciates the state's efforts terming Odis...
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  • 10,000 Bihar villagers file petition against asbestos plant More than 10,000 villagers from Vaishali have submitted a petition to the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) against an asbestos plant in the district. The villagers have sought disapproval of the West Bengal based Utkal Asbestos ...
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  • I was looking for Greenko’s 24.75 MW Perla Mini Hydel Project at Perla village near Bantwal, Mangalore. One would think that you wouldn't really have to search for a hydel project site given its size and scale but the villagers at Perla were puzzled when I asked them to take me there as the Projec...
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  • MoEF allows agriculture and plantation in Western GhatsWithdraws earlier order declaring  one-third of Western Ghats as eco-sensitive zone owing to the pressure from states like Kerala. Ban on mining, quarrying, thermal power plants etc. continues.Jayanthi Natarajan quits from MoEFPresiden...
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  • River activist sits on indefinite fast in BiharShashi Shekhar has been started his indefinite hunger strike on December 10 in Sitarmarhi district of Bihar protesting against construction of embankments along Adhwara group of rivers. His demands include revival of Lakhandei river.Govt ...
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  • 150 river stretches in India cannot support aquatic lifeCPCB findings show 150 river stretches across the country highly polluted with discharge of untreated water.Bangladesh against Meghalaya's hydel projectsRaises concern over construction of 85 MW Mawphu and 84 MW Myntdu dams in Me...
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  • Climate change affects bamboo production in the NortheastChanging rainfall pattern, a sign of climate change, has affected life and livelihoods in the seven states of Northeast India. Bamboo, the backbone of the Northeast's agrarian economy, has started flowering early and wilting soon after, t...
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  • Indian oceans nations under severe threat of marine pollutionSpread of algal blooms and marine pollution costs $100 million a year to Indian Ocean countries, says study.MoEF to amend the Forest Conservation ActTo legally bind the states for settling tribal rights over forestland ...
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  • Huge freshwater reserves underseaAustralian researchers discover 500,000 cubic km of low-salinity water trapped beneath the ocean floor of Australia, China, North America and South Africa.Govt continues to restore water bodies in the XII planA Rs. 6,235 crore scheme that envisages rep...
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  • Govt initiates probe into discrepancy in toilet dataUnion Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation constitutes panel to look into the huge difference between the ministry and Census data on missing toilets.ADB to spend Rs.740 crore on flood mitigationAsian Development Bank to take up...
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  • Clear blue skies, natural springs and glacial peaks-tranquility. Falling stones, landslides and debris-chaos! Kinnaur, located on  the northeastern side of Himachal Pradesh, lets you experience both. It falls in seismic zones IV and V, which means it runs the the risk of damaging and destructiv...
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  • Maharashtra govt plans for land reclamation from seaState government revives its past suggestion for large-scale restoration of land in Mumbai from the Arabian Sea. Recommends undertaking the study to assess the environmental and social impact of the reclamation project.UP govt releases Rs...
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  • Rivers in India can be broadly classified as Himalayan Rivers and Peninsular Rivers [1]. Ganga, Yamuna, Brahmaputra and other Himalayan rivers are perennial as they are snow-fed, plus they get water from rainfall. The peninsular rivers are rainfed and some of them are seasonal.Even with perennial ri...
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India set to become water scarce in 10 years time: Govt tells Parliament

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Two statues of two great leaders are to be built inside the Narmada river and the Arabian sea. While we know how much they will cost the exchequer, how much will they cost the environment?

What do these two iconic figures -- Shivaji, the great Maratha leader and Sardar Vallabhai Patel, the ‘Iron Man of India’ -- have most in common? While one might think that it was their fight for the freedom of their motherland, albeit at different times, that is not all. Recently, these national heroes have converged at an unlikely meeting point -- statues.  

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It isn't just the tourists or its hilly terrain but a 140-year-old leaking water distribution system set up by the British in 1875 which is leading to heavy losses and contamination.

Most tourists visiting Shimla won’t know that they are walking on a water tank when they wait to get their pictures taken or go horse riding on Ridge road but they will know that the city faces water shortage -- their hotel bathrooms have messages asking them to use water judiciously. 

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Latha Anantha of River Research Centre, Thrissur speaks to India Water Portal on the latest developments on the Mullaperiyar dam controversy.

While the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have opposing stands on the Mullaperiyar dam, civil society actors have provided alternatives to the old dam whose decommissioning is bound to happen sooner or later. They have also pointed out the inappropriateness of building a new dam on Mullaperiyar.

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Goa rivers water unfit for human consumption: GSPCB

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Centre gives nod to 170 eco- sensitive zones in the country

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Dismal state of groundwater in the country

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Toxic foam observed in Bengaluru lakes

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Nepal earthquake toll exceeds 4300

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The state's high toilet coverage has compounded the problem of water pollution and diseases. It now needs an efficient and affordable sewage treatment system.

Whenever Nachatar Singh’s wife and children fall sick, he blames it on the groundwater they pull out everyday using a hand pump in his courtyard at Veere Wala Kalan village of Faridkot district. Singh swears that the problem started only recently. “The same tap used to fetch such good quality water thanks to seepage from the Gang canal which runs around 1 km from our place. It’s the toilet that was set up under a government scheme which is affecting our drinking water”, he claims.

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